I am currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Washington. I chose this program with the intention of learning how to better support immigrant families and communities navigate U.S. systems and assist them in benefiting from these systems and resource opportunities. I applied to learn French in order to serve the Canadian immigrant population since language is such a huge barrier when migrating to another country. Being able to communicate with clients is critical in order to get their basic needs and goals met, and be a support during a time of immense transition. I believe that pursuing education in other languages, starting with French, will help me further develop the professional skills needed to have the most positive impact on immigrant and refugee families’ lives.