Melena Davenport is a graduating Linguistics Major this Spring. We spoke with her about her time at UF and what is coming next for her.

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1. What’s next for you?
I will be working as an Audio Technician at Atlantic Hearing for my gap year, before pursuing my Doctorate of Audiology degree starting fall of 2021.                   

2. What’s your biggest achievement as an undergraduate?
Presenting my research at the American Auditory Society annual meeting in Scottsdale, AZ (was supposed to be more conferences to present at but cancelled due to COVID-19).

3. What will you miss most about the UF Linguistics?
The classes!! It was always a challenge every semester trying to decide which linguistics courses to take; not only do we have the best professors and I wanted to learn from every single one of them, but having the freedom to really take any linguistics electives we wanted was so cool but so difficult to choose! All of the course topics were immensely interesting, but I loved having the opportunity to really choose what I wanted to learn about while earning my degree. The professors are each so passionate about their area of expertise, and their passion for the field is what I will also miss the most.

4. What advice would you give junior Linguistics majors?
Take all of the linguistics courses you can!! Try new topics you aren’t familiar with because you never know, you might end up finding out exactly what you’re great at! Try not to take all of the linguistics classes about one specific area or topic, try to take a variety of different classes to really get a well-rounded understanding of the field of linguistics. Also, trust your professors! They are all experts in their field and they know so much about what they are talking about!!

Leah Dailey is a graduating Linguistics Major this Spring. We spoke with her about her time at UF and what is coming next for her.

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1. What’s next for you?
I am getting married on April 25th, so just before graduation! My husband and I will stay in Gainesville, and I will be working for my church!
2. What’s your biggest achievement as an undergraduate?
I think my biggest achievement has been successfully completing a double major in Chinese and Linguistics. There were moments when I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with certain classes, but I pushed through, found different study habits and came out of it thankful that I persevered.
3. What will you miss most about the UF Linguistics?
I have really enjoyed the linguistic program and my professors that I have had. My classmates have become friends. We have become tight knit because we have walked through so many years of classes together.
4. What advice would you give junior Linguistics majors?
My advice would be to dig and pursue classes that you will enjoy. If you are taking language classes pursue people from that language and culture to truly immerse yourself and get experience talking to native speakers and experiencing their culture. You will never regret it.

Ashley Van Wie is a graduating Linguistics Major this Spring. We spoke with her about her time at UF and what is coming next for her.

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1. What’s next for you?
Next for me is a job teaching English with the JET program in Japan. I was recently granted a position which I very happily accepted. After working abroad for a few years, I plan to come back to school and pursue a Masters degree in Linguistics as well. 
 
2. What’s your biggest achievement as an undergraduate?
My biggest achievement as an undergraduate is my internship I received during my junior year. I reached out to a handful of schools in Japan looking for an internship in teaching English, and I found one that completely changed my world. I worked as an intern at the Ibaraki Christian University for six months and was able to continue my studies as an undergraduate online. It was tough but I would do it again if I could! 
 
3. What will you miss most about the UF Linguistics?
I’m going to miss all of my professors to be completely honest. I’ve grown a deep love and connection to all the professors I’ve had over the last few years and they’ve helped mold and shape me into who I am today. I’m happy knowing I’m leaving with a lot of incredible people who’ve supported me non-stop throughout my time here at UF. 
 
4. What advice would you give junior Linguistics majors?
Create more lasting bonds with your teachers, mentors, and professors before you leave. They’re here to help you and push you to your best, and they only want you to succeed. They’ll be here for you after you graduate if you create those bonds with them. I regret not reaching out more to other professors I’ve had but I’m still incredibly thankful for the time and memories I have with the ones I’m close to. 

Emily Simmons is a graduating Linguistics Major this Spring. We spoke with her about her time at UF and what is coming next for her.

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1. What’s next for you?
I am going to continue teaching English through the end of the calendar year, and in January I will be pursuing a Master’s degree from the Canada Institute of Linguistics in translation work.
2. What’s your biggest achievement as an undergraduate?
I don’t know if I could name my biggest achievement, but my favorite paper I wrote in undergrad would have to be discussing the methods of translation present in the first Lord of the Rings movie, The Fellowship of the Ring. Even though the languages are fictional, they represent very clearly the problems facing media translation.
3. What will you miss most about the UF Linguistics?
I will miss being a part of such an encouraging and motivating community. I have enjoyed every paper I have written for linguistics and every linguistics class I have taken, all because my classmates are just as interested in linguistics, they are motivated to learn, and we encourage each other to do our best work. Also many professors in the department make our learning a priority and care about us as students, which is just wonderful!
4. What advice would you give junior Linguistics majors?
Juniors, don’t slack off senior year. It is so tempting, but I am telling you, when you are graduating, you will want to look back and be proud of you senior year. You will want to have finished your college career on a high note. Work hard to make sure your senior year is one to be proud of, whatever that means for you!

Sarah Taylor is a graduating Linguistics Major this Spring. We spoke with her about her time at UF and what is coming next for her.

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1. What’s next for you?
I am pleased to announce that I will be working as a contractor for one of the top companies in the aerospace and defense industry, Raytheon Technologies. While it is certainly not in the field of linguistics, I have no doubt that the analytical and research-based skills that I have developed during my studies will be utilized daily in my line of work.

2. What’s your biggest achievement as an undergraduate?
One of my biggest achievements as an undergraduate was being given the opportunity to intern with the Department of Justice. As a freshman, I never expected to be selected for their internship program, so I was very surprised when I discovered that I was accepted into the program. During my two years interning with the DOJ, I gained valuable experience working in the federal government and met people from all walks of life. During my time as an intern, I realized that I loved working in the defense industry, which is what ultimately what led me to accepting an offer to work as a contractor for Raytheon.

3. What will you miss most about the UF Linguistics?

I will miss many things, however what I will miss most is being able to take a broad range of linguistic classes. During my time as a linguistics major, I took classes on things such as the structure and sounds of language, as well as classes that examine how language interacts with things such as gender. Being able to take such a broad variety of classes allowed me to see the world from many different viewpoints and taught me a wide variety of skills.

4. What advice would you give junior Linguistics majors?

Don’t be afraid to branch out! Linguistics is an amazing field that teaches you valuable things, however it is even more valuable when it is paired with studies in computer science, foreign languages, or other studies. Even interning in a field that even mildly interests you will help you with your after-college job search.

Samikai Rosado is a graduating Linguistics Major this Spring. We spoke with her about her time at UF and what is coming next.

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1. What’s next for you?
I will be teaching in South Korea for the next year! I am extremely excited and lucky to be a part of the EPIK program and owe it all to my experiences at UF and the people I have met here.

2. What’s your biggest achievement as an undergraduate?

I think my biggest achievement is having had the opportunity to work at the English Language Institute during my time here, it taught me a lot about teaching, interacting with students, and building rapport with other people. It also exposed me to different cultures that I might have never been in contact with otherwise!

3. What will you miss most about the UF Linguistics?

Making friends quickly since everyone knows everyone, being able to bond over shared experiences (good and bad) and having the best professors ever! Also dropping in on Dr. Golombek or Dr. Garner when I needed career advice!

4. What advice would you give junior Linguistics majors?

Look out for internships or any sort of work opportunity tied to linguistics/the career you want to have in the future so you can get to know more people and figure out what it is that you like! I learned through teaching at the English Language Institute and taking TESL courses that I enjoy teaching!! (I also love phonology) Always make the most of your time at UF before you leave!!