If You’re Interested in Attending MMLA, Read This!
You’re probably reading all these blog posts and wondering to yourself, should I do this? The answer is yes. Here are a few reasons why.
1. You learn about a new culture like you’ve never learned about culture before. I always knew I wanted to travel the world, and of course I wanted to go to China, but since entering this program and learning so much about the culture, it’s the first place on my List of Places To Go. Also, I never knew that people in Singapore learned Chinese (honestly, I didn’t know where it was). I made a bunch of friends from Singapore at GMC, and ever since then, I have been obsessed with going to Singapore. I don’t know why. I just really want to go there one day.
2. You get a new skill! What is cooler than knowing another language? (The only acceptable answer is owning a koala.) Language takes you anywhere you want. It’s a connector between groups of people. Be that connector, dear reader! And when you go home and teach all your friends your favorite phrases, you have a cool secret language.
3. You challenge yourself. Immersion is not easy. But you can’t get an immersion experience like this anywhere else (except maybe the actual country, but when I went to France, I didn’t have to speak that much French. But if you go to MMLA for French, that’s it, buddy. You’re speaking French.). It’s a challenge that only comes around once in a lifetime, really. You take yourself out of your comfort zone (but that’s where the best things in life are hiding!). And it gets easier with time and work, I promise.
4. It’s an experience. If you’re looking for something completely out of the ordinary, stop searching. This is it. It’s definitely something different, it’s an adventure. It’s worth it. You’re learning something new every day.
5. It really teaches you more than just language and culture. I felt more independent than I ever had after coming back from MMLA, which may be in part to the college-style life. I was in charge of my life, which may sound dreamy, but it was very humbling. As a junior in high school, I’ve started realizing that, come August of next year, I’ll be living on my own. While I wasn’t truly on my own (the staff is very caring and protective), I got a taste of adulthood (it tastes weird). Not only does it teach you independence, but it teaches you friendship. I know, it sounds corny. But everyone is going through the same thing you are, the same experiences, the same learning process. And it’s really bonding.
Overall, just do it. You won’t regret it. I was choosing between MMLA and my last year of the summer camp I’d been going to for five years, and I chose MMLA. I chose a step in the direction of my future, and it was the best decision I ever made. When I returned from camp, I came across “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, and I thought holy moly this man took my thoughts and put it in words! I took the road less traveled by, and it has made all the difference.
Jasmine Hubara is junior in high school from Charleston, South Carolina. She is currently attending MMLA for Chinese, but also takes French and Spanish in school. This is her second year at Green Mountain College. Outside of school, she’s active in her synagogue youth and is busy with her senior thesis project and planning her future trip around the world (a girl can dream, right?).