In elementary school, I happened to pick up a book called The Egypt Game, and my fate was sealed. Despite it being vaguely related to Ancient Egypt, I became obsessed with all things related to the ancient culture, and particularly, the language. I read everything I could on hieroglyphics, and shortly after, invented my own alphabet. I even attempted to write a dictionary for my new language, all by the age of 10.
In college, unsure of what to study, I was encouraged to study what I loved. There seemed to be only one answer to that question; language. Many times I wished I could acquire limitless degrees in every language I wanted to learn, and just continue learning forever. However, forced to choose, I chose French. Already a native Spanish speaker, and French seemed like a versatile option. I studied on, took courses in literature, syntax, and translation. The study of linguistics will forever be endlessly fascinating to me.
After college, I moved to South Korea, and again dove into a new challenge, eager to communicate with new people through Korean. In the summer of 2017, I signed up for a language intensive in Persian at my alma mater, Arizona State, and within 6 weeks, went from absolute beginner, to testing into low intermediate.
My expertise in language has focused mainly on topics of interest that I studied in school, and topics that I find personally interesting and reference most in daily life. I studied art history as well, so the arts have always been near to my heart, and literature, theater, and cinema top the list. However, learning is my greatest love, so no topic is taboo or too difficult to put in words.