Take Spanish more or drop it?

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  1. LJD123

    LJD123 Member

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    Hi everybody. I'm wondering what you all think. I am a freshman in high school and am currently taking Spanish 2. Would taking Spanish for more than two years look better than only taking it for two? Thank you in advance.
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Take it. It makes LOTS of sense...
     
  3. Chris Abbott

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    My son took Spanish all 4 yrs and used it to become fluent and help translate in poor communities. When he did his nomination interviews, he introduced himself then reintroduced him self in Spanish (we prepped this) their jaws dropped and on one board they talked in Spanish for a few minutes. He received nominations and is going to WP. Hope that helps.
     
  4. LJD123

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    Ok thanks to both of you.
     
  5. Hopeful_99

    Hopeful_99 New Member

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    To piggyback off this thread, I have taken French for three years and I'm currently in French III. I do not plan on going anywhere with French later on in life. However, I am willing to take it if it makes a big difference on my application.
     
  6. kinnem

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    Ahhhh la langue de l'amour. You're right you won't have much chance to use it unless you live close to Quebec or are stationed in 'gay Paree'. I would stick with it unless it keeps you from doing something more important like AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Chem, or what have you. JMPO.
     
  7. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Or Haiti…. or a few African nations….

    I took four years of German, which I enjoyed, but short of understanding (kind of) conversations of German tourist in Washington, D.C., on the Metro, it hasn't helped me much.

    Spanish would be more helpful.
     
  8. cb7893

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    Based on my own experience and that of two DS's, kinnem is right about the AP STEM's. If you intend to major in a STEM, you will need to prove that you can do the work. Remember the SA's are Math/science heavy. So even if you intend to major in a Social Science, they will want some assurance that you are comfortable with them. If you can test out any of them, it would give you more wriggle room in a very burdensome college schedule.

    However, even if you never use a foreign language in your academic or professional life; if you never visit a country where the language is spoken, you will benefit from having studied a foreign language. You use a different part of your brain. You will broaden your understanding of your first language. I think this translates into slightly better standardized test scores. You gain at least some insight into how other people think, which is a mark of good leadership.

    You will end up at least a little more well-rounded and no one was ever hurt by that.

    BTW DS's AROTC battalion did a field exercise in the taking and holding prisoners. He played the part of a Latin American guerilla. He was able to scream and curse in Spanish at all the MS 3's and 4's without recriminations.
     
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  9. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    A rare and valuable skill indeed!
     
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