My guidance counselor suggested that I take at-least 3 years of my foreign language. I am trying to go to a good pre-med college, and she told me that many want to see at-least 3 years. What is the best option for me?
I am going into 11th grade and have had trouble deciding my foreign language. I am doubling science courses and am not that good at language. I also want to continue my passion for Computer Science. college higher-education guidancecounsler pre-med language
Some languages are also more closely "related" to one another than other languages. For native English speakers, for example, it's generally easier to learn Spanish or French than say, Russian or Cantonese. You may want to choose one that is traditionally easier to acquire, unless you feel a strong pull or motivation to study a particular language. Its also worth mentioning that some schools offer a wide variety of language choices . For instance, ASL (American Sign Language) is offered by some schools in the U.S. and may count towards the language requirement (though I would certainly double check this with your counselor).
Ultimately, many of these skills are obtainable and applicable regardless of what language you choose, so the most important part would be to choose one that you find at least vaguely interesting. If you're considering medical school, it may also be worth thinking about what patients you may eventually be interested in working with, and choosing a language that could help you to communicate more effectively in the field.
Other great languages to explore are from countries that you have an affinity for their culture. Love mexican food, learn to order your food in spanish, enjoy classical music or opera, learn french or italian or german. Pick something you'll care about practicing and you'll enjoy using even at an elementary level.
Spanish is invaluable for patient communication here in Texas. But if you are considering a "behind-the-scenes" specialty like radiology, then computer science could be more useful.
For me, my heart was not in it, and 2 years of Spanish just did not stick; I had too much else on my 'plate' to really practice it. I knew others who really enjoyed learning Spanish and went so far as to visit Spanish speaking countries to get better at it, so it's possible! However, I think the extra Computer Science classes would be of better value.
Regarding your question about would it affect your chances of getting into certain colleges if you take only 2 years - that really depends on the college's you are interested in. In my area, 2 years of foreign language was sufficient, but I suggest reviewing the requirements of college's you've got an eye on before making a decision. Keep in mind that you have some time to decide, so try not to stress about it too much :)