Hola! My name is Rosie, and I love living in Language House! I transferred to Goucher College last fall as a junior and was anxious to find ways to connect with people. Right away I felt at home living in the Language House, which definitely made the big transition from my hometown in Washington State to Goucher College much easier. It has been a huge blessing to be a part of such a diverse community that shares my love of language and culture. I have really enjoyed being able to practice Spanish with neighbors and at the weekly language tables. Even as my major coursework becomes more intense and I can’t always fit a Spanish class into my schedule, living in Language House has allowed me to keep up with practicing and enjoying the language. Hearing the different languages that my neighbors have studied always inspires me to learn more languages and travel to more places.
The Language House events are buckets of fun, and I especially love all of the opportunities to cook delicious foods as a large group. The mixture of different languages that are tossed around in the kitchen and the animated games people start when they aren’t cooking create an atmosphere that is hard to find anywhere else. One of my favorite Language House memories from last semester was a karaoke night I thought I was going to miss. I had to leave for rehearsal after the first ten minutes, but when I came back hours later they were still going strong, and we sang and danced late into the night. Enthusiasm within the language house community is highly contagious, and I love the momentum that can build when we are all together.
The language house directors Jeanne and Maite are also super supportive and welcoming, which makes it easy to feel engaged and excited about Language House activities. I am living across the hall from them this year and have really enjoyed our little chats in the hallway and getting to run into them so often.
I feel very connected to the Language House community. In so many ways, living in Language House was one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to Goucher, and I definitely want to continue living here next year. For anyone who enjoys getting together with fun, amazing people and has an interest in language and culture, there is no better place to live on campus.