By approaching language like a math equation and piecing together sentences in a sequential manner, I could learn Italian in a way that worked best for me.

Grace Cook '19
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"When I began researching colleges, I knew I wanted to major in computer science. I learned about Bucknell's strong program through my older sister, who also majored in computer science here. What set Bucknell apart from other options was the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects. The interdisciplinary curriculum meant that I was not limited to my major and could pursue other interests.

"What I appreciate most about computer science is problem-solving. Growing up, I always liked math and challenging games, like sudoku and chess, and my major provides a similar mental challenge. I can approach a problem and think critically about what I am being asked to solve and how to best execute it. This skill set is applicable to any class I take. It even helped me in the early stages of learning Italian. By approaching language like a math equation and piecing together sentences in a sequential manner, I could learn this new subject in a way that worked best for me.

"While I do love computer science, I have appreciated mixing in liberal arts courses along with my strictly technical classes. Taking different subjects has helped break up my schedule and expose me to knowledge I wouldn't encounter normally. For example, I've explored comparing Italian and American culture in my Italian conversation course. Our teaching assistant is from Italy and has asked us a lot of questions about American life. This class is mostly used to practice our speaking skills, but her curiosity pushed me to question my daily life more. Because I see these trends and habits as normal, I don't usually stop to think about how other countries and cultures perceive us."

Grace is from Westfield, N.J.

Posted November 2017

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