"As a triple major at Canisius College, I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that led me to a career path that combines my interests in art and psychotherapy. Although a major in German was initially unexpected, it ultimately made for educational and life experiences more rewarding than I ever could have realized. I spent a summer abroad living in Dortmund, Germany with a wonderful host-family. There, I was able to work and travel Europe easily and with independence. The experience undoubtedly changed me for the better; it opened my mind and allowed me to gain a new perspective on life, while briefly living another. Not without an experience abroad, immersed completely in another culture, could anyone learn a language as quickly or gain insight into the human condition and the similarities that exist cross-culturally. Sometimes it's the least expected things in our lives, like my choosing to major in German, that make for the most personally fulfilling experiences. When I think back on the moment I decided to go for it, to say yes to what was outside my comfort zone, I now recognize what a pivotal and important step that was for me and my future."