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The Summer MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

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MIIS Spotlight Chelsea Jordan Video

What happens when you reach a language-learning plateau? Chelsea tells her story in "The Summer MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds."

August 6, 2014

Chelsea Jordan

Chelsea Jordan, a student in the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP), describes the moment, four weeks into her Spanish summer class, that she reached her capacity for taking in new information, forgetting momentarily not only the Spanish she was learning but her native English as well. She had a mini break-down during a presentation in class, but with a lot of support from her classmates and teacher, was able to bounce back quickly and move on to have the best language learning experience of her life.

Chelsea is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Botswana, 2012-14), who is studying Spanish in the Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) at the Monterey Institute this summer. She will be continuing her studies at the Institute in the fall as she is enrolled in the International Environmental Policy graduate degree program.

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"The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds" features a different student each week from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In these short videos, the students elaborate on topics such as why they chose to come to MIIS, what has surprised them about the Monterey Institute, what kinds of cool things they've been involved in—both on and off campus, and more.

Watch more from the "The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds" video series