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Matt Donley with host family in Japan

We're finishing off the year strong with our spotlight, Matt Donley, who exemplifies how passion for a foreign language and culture can be rewarding and expand one’s intellectual and personal perspectives in unexpected ways. A senior Psychology and Japanese double major from Houston, Texas, Donley was nominated by Professor Noriko Hanabusa for his enthusiasm and ambition for learning the Japanese language. Donley had studied Spanish during high school, but became trilingual after Hanabusa encouraged him to attend the Middlebury Japanese Academy for languages in California the summer between his sophomore and junior year of undergrad. Donley’s advice for others is “do what interests you, and to explore classes outside your academic field” , which is how he originally fell in love with the Japanese program here at Notre Dame.…

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