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Name Daniel Li
Graduation year 2016
What's your current job?
I'll be starting as an ALT in Japan this September.
How does language and culture help you succeed in your career?
I hope that I can use my context of multiple cultures to teach English as both a language and tool for understanding culture and diversity. My own studies in Japanese have taught me a lot about my identity as an American and the significance of that from a global perspective.
How did ASU and the language program at SILC prepare you for your future?
The diverse student population at ASU definitely helped bring me out of my shell, so to speak. I've always felt a certain sense of "self-discovery through studying culture" throughout my studies, and I can say with certainty that SILC has helped me grow tremendously as a person.
What was your favorite thing about learning a language?
The feeling of progress that sneaks up you while learning a language never stopped surprising me. Semester after semester, I would look back and realize just how much I had learned in that short time. New languages eventually become a very tangible part of you, and experiencing that became extremely motivating.
Any advice for current language studies students?
Never stop your exposure to your language of study. There's so many cultural nuances that embody a language that you just can't learn in a classroom or a textbook. As long as you don't forget your motivation to learn, you'll eventually ease yourself into deeper levels of understanding.