Sixth grade was the first time I was allowed to select an elective. Most of the guys wanted to take shop, most girls wanted to take home economics. Me on the other hand, I wanted to learn something advanced that I could use in the real world; Spanish. Throughout Middle and High School I took Spanish every year.
I moved from Colorado to Florida during the Summer before my senior year, and upon entering my new high school I experienced a large culture shock. In Colorado, Spanish class meant a handful of non-fluent speakers learning from a fluent teacher. In Florida, Spanish class meant a handful of fluent Spanish speakers, a fluent Spanish teacher, and myself.
Adjusting to this culture and learning Spanish have given me the skills necessary to break cultural barriers when working on group projects. I am still currently pursuing a minor in Spanish at the University of Florida.