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Specifically looking at Iowa State University for engineering, is a second language like Spanish something that is needed?

I have taken two years of Spanish so far and I feel I know the very basics, but I am not very confident in my skills. I realize that a second language would be helpful but I am wondering if I should reconsider continuing my Spanish classes. #second_language

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Elizabeth’s Answer

I agree with Alba. I'd also suggest doing a semester abroad to immerse yourself in the language. If that's not possible, try to use your Spanish whenever possible. Try to find a Spanish club (or start one!), hang out with other Spanish speakers and just talk in Spanish, and order in Spanish!
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Alba’s Answer

I am an Engineer working in a Border City with Mexico, and being bi-lingual is a MUST. In my team, 90% of the staff is bilingual. Specially because we work directly with the Factory in Mexico. We communicate daily with the Engineering Team there. Also, remember that Hispanics in the US are a great percentage of the Minorities.
When I graduated, I was sent for training to Kentucky, and the Manufacturing plants were located in Mexico. So, all the Engineers in Kentucky would request my help to translate for them. Of course it felt great!
My suggestion is continue to learn Spanish, you never know where you will end up working at. You will have qualifications, that other engineers might not have, and it will be a plus for you.

Good Luck!!
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