-Valeria, UIC B.S. in Computer Science, May 2024
As my family is spread over many different parts of the world, I am incredibly fortunate to have been constantly exposed to a multilingual environment that ultimately developed me into the person that I am today. Narrowing down my identity to any one nationality has always been impossible, so instead, I like to see myself as the coming together of many different cultures in a diverse collaboration that became me.
I leave you with this final note: even if you started learning a foreign language and gave up, or even if you (like me with Catalan) are starting to forget a language, keep pursuing it. It is never too late to learn a new language, anyone has that capability, and you will never regret the new connections and diverse knowledge that will result.