Why Healthcare Students Should Learn a Second Language

Why Healthcare Students Should Learn A Second Language

Why Healthcare Students Should Learn A Second Language

Hello! Welcome to Feed That Nation!

My name is Natalie Nation. I am a grad student, future RD, educator, content creator, and mac and cheese expert. I love talking about college student issues to help college students to be more successful, confident, and happy with their student experience.

In this episode of Feed That Nation, I’m talking about why healthcare students should learn a second language.

About The Episode

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I’ve had this episode on my docket for a while now…but I’ve been putting it off and putting it off.

Why, you ask?

Nervousness, mostly. This is a complex topic that I’m definitely not an expert in, and I wanted to be able to do the topic and the episode justice.

I was also procrastinating because I knew that there would be parts of this episode I would struggle with and not be able to get right.

One of the BEST things I got to do in college was learn a second language, hands down (pun intended, hehe). I actually chose my college, St. Catherine University, because of its American Sign Language and Interpreting programs. I took 4 amazing semesters of the language, had tons of opportunities to practice and make new friends, and it was amazing.

I love being able to tie my second language skills back into my main field of study. Information accessibility and patient compassion and connection are two BIG topics in the healthcare field, and having providers who know and use languages other than English is SO important.

College is the PERFECT opportunity to learn a new language, because we are set up for success! There are professors, tutors, TAs, clubs, events and more, all welcoming of students and wanting them to learn, grow, and make mistakes along the way.

I started this episode using ASL to introduce the topic and explain my history with the language. I think I recorded it at least 4 times, trying and trying to get it perfect and ultimately realizing that I would not be able to. Because I know myself, and I know my language skills, and I know that I will make mistakes.

And that’s okay.

So any Deaf/ASL-loving friends, please be kind to highly enthusiastic but slightly erroneous language skills. 🙂

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Minnesota-based grad student, future RD, educator, content creator, and mac and cheese expert! Natalie is currently a Masters of Public Health student and dietetic intern at the University of Minnesota, and is on-track to becoming a registered dietitian-nutritionist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Dietetics in 2019 from St. Catherine University.

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