Jacqui Battin

Jacqui Battin

Some high school graduates go on a gap year to "discover" themselves before taking the plunge into university, but for Jacqui Battin the experience led her to a new language. During her travels across India over six months, she immersed herself in the culture and linguistic allure of Hindi.

"I started learning while I was there and knew it as something I wanted to continue. Hindi is one of the most spoken languages in the world, but it doesn’t always get as much attention. Being able to speak Hindi, even just a little bit, allows you to understand and be absorbed into India’s culture," said Jacqui, who expects to graduate with her Bachelor of Development Studies next year.

In addition to Hindi, she is also completing a minor in Spanish. The secret to staying on top of both languages is keeping a positive attitude, according to the Canberra native.

"If you approach it with enthusiasm and self-belief that you can do it, it becomes easier. The small class sizes (for Hindi) mean you get a lot of attention.," she said.

In summer, Jacqui will level-up with her Hindi by participating in a study-abroad program at a university in Delhi. Although she hasn’t decided on what she wants to do after university, her interest as a researcher means postgraduate study is a likely path.

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