Eight University of Pittsburgh students, including a Sycamore native, will study abroad as award recipients in two prestigious national scholarship programs designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language skills.
Nicholas Collins, a senior economics major from Sycamore, has received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. He will study two dialects of Persian in Tajikistan. He is aiming to pursue a career as a diplomat.
“On a daily basis I listen to Persian music, usually through bia2.com – a Persian Internet radio site,” he said in a news release. “This has helped improve my listening comprehension and also my pronunciation. Additionally, I watch at least one Persian film a week, usually without subtitles, to supplement my learning and enhance the cultural side of learning a foreign language.”