Dakota Noyes | St. Lawrence University Modern Languages

Dakota Noyes

Dakota Noyes
Class year: 
Multi-lingual (focusing on French, Spanish and Arabic)
Waterbury, VT

I decided to come to St. Lawrence for a number of different reasons; the beautiful campus, the diverse atmosphere, the wonderful people, but the one thing that stood out to me was the language department. I have been interested in languages for most of my life. I’ve taken French since I was in 5th grade, and I took three years of Latin in high school. When I saw the number of different languages that SLU offered, I was definitely drawn in. It was very difficult to choose only three languages to study!

My experience with the language department at St. Lawrence has been amazing. The professors are always very patient, and make sure that everyone understands the material. I have been lucky to experience both introductory courses and upper level courses. The intro classes always go at a good pace, which helps when trying to grasp the language. The upper level classes are great because they allow for discussion, which improves in speaking skills.

Currently I am proficient in French, but I am working on both my Spanish and Arabic skills. It has been fairly easy for me to learn Spanish with my background in French. Arabic has definitely been an interesting experience for me.  Despite however difficult the language is, I have had a lot of fun and taking Arabic has definitely been one of the best decisions I have made thus far into my St. Lawrence career.

When I am not learning new languages, I spend a good deal of my time in the Language Resource Center, which is located on the third floor of Carnegie, where I am an intern. I get to work with great people who also have a love of languages.  I am also involved in the Advocates program at SLU, which focuses on reducing the amount of sexual violence that occurs at St. Lawrence. In conjunction to that, I am AWARE trained, which means I trained to answer our school’s 24-hour sexual violence hotline.

After St. Lawrence, I would love to go to graduate school, get my masters degree in either International Relations or in Linguistics. While getting my masters degree, I want to earn some of my credits through the Peace Corps.  I want to travel as much as possible, as well as help people. I think it would be really cool to be a consul or a diplomat later on in life.