Caroline McCaul - Work Ethic

In August of 2013, the National Society of High School Scholars officially selected Caroline McCaul, student at Westlake High School, to become a member. McCaul is honored to have been chosen to become a part of such an esteemed academic organization, one that honors young academics who have consistently shown an outstanding commitment to scholarship, leadership and community.

A diligent and studious high school academic, Caroline McCaul has consistently demonstrated not only a strong passion for academics, but also for service in the local community. McCaul has proven she has a fierce work ethic as shown by her success not only in the classroom, but also in the local community through volunteer service to many organizations and causes. A member of the Austin Chapter of the National Charity League since the 6th grade, ,McCaul has compiled an impressive track record of service that includes 341.5 hours of philanthropy, including extensive service for such nonprofits as the Ronald McDonald House, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and Caritas of Austin.

Caroline McCaul is motivated to succeed in every task she takes on: academically in the classroom and compassionately in serving others with her heart. , Her commitment not only to academics, but also to the charitable community, has continually earned her recognition from her colleagues, her peers and nationally-recognized organizations, and is something that promises to continue well into the future.

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Caroline McCaul - An Accomplished Young Woman

Caroline McCaul graduated from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas with the class of 2015, and is all set to enter the University of Texas. She plans on studying Business, Advertising, and Communications.

She is a highly accomplished young woman who earned a 99.3 weighted grade point average during her years at Westlake, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She took a number of Advanced Placement courses, including AP English, AP Government, AP U.S. History, and AP European History. She also studied economics, business law, pre-calculus, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and Spanish, the latter of which included two weeks of Spanish Immersion in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico during the summer of 2014.

She is an ambitious student who participated in the Launchgen business start-up competition in high school, worked as a marketing intern at a Clear Channel Communications radio station in Austin, and was active in the Leadership and Growth Program of Congressman Pete Sessions in Washington, DC during the summer of 2013.

No less an accomplishment is her dedication to public service. Caroline McCaul has more than 328 hours of service, and her efforts were recognized by President Barack Obama with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which she received two years in a row. She is also a member of the National Charity League and has received the Hourglass Award, the Yellow Rose Award, the Heart of Gold Award, the Ticktocker Service Award, and the Mother-Daughter Service Award, among others, for her ongoing commitment to charitable work.

Caroline McCaul says that once she completes her education she would like to be a successful CEO of a company that uses the music business in a creative way.

Caroline McCaul - Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement courses challenge high school students to achieve at a level not available to them through the standard high school curriculum. AP courses consist of standardized high school courses that are roughly equal to courses taken by undergraduate college courses.

One of the great benefits to high school students who successfully complete AP classes is not just the increased learning to students who might not be challenged by ordinary curricula, but how impressive they look on college applications. Those high school students who have taken them arrive at college better prepared for the rigors of a university education than do many of their peers. They generally have better problem-solving skills and have a better understanding of the academic expectations they are going to be faced with in college.

There are AP courses available in a number of different subjects, and just because a student takes one AP class does not mean, of course, that he or she is cut out to take a fuller load. A student’s past performance in one area is a good indicator of AP performance, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that he or she will do well in another subject.

Caroline McCaul graduated from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas with the class of 2015. She carried a 99.3 weighted grade point average and took Advanced Placement courses in English, Government, United States History, and European History. She has also taken pre-Calculus, Astro0nomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

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Caroline McCaul - Advertising and Communications

Advertising is an essential part of doing business. Companies use it to accomplish their goals, making consumers in the marketplace aware of new products or services.

We are inundated with advertising every single day: on television, in newspapers and magazines, on billboards or the sides of buses ­– just about anywhere you might happen to cast your gaze. An emerging and increasingly important form of advertising targets mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, and these have the ability to reach extremely specific market niche.

A common misconception is for people to confuse advertising with marketing, but they are two distinct and separate things. Advertising is actually one component of a marketing plan. At its most basic level, it calls attention to a product or service. When a business introduces something new, advertising is the primary means it has of getting the word out. Its advertising may focus on how the product provides a solution to a common problem, like frizzy hair or how a busy, working mom can still manage to feed a hungry family of four. Businesses also use it to let the market know about limited-time sales events.

But advertising does more than tell potential customers about new products or services. It also reminds them about older, existing ones, and lets them know why it’s still worth their while to buy it. Businesses use the ads to let consumers know what is different about their product, and why it’s still worth their attention and hard-earned dollars.

Carline McCaul is enrolling in the University of Texas, where she plans on studying advertising and communications.

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Caroline McCaul - The National Charity League

Caroline McCaul is about to enter the University of Texas, where she will study business, advertising and communications. She participated in a business startup competition as a senior at Westlake High School, and a marketing internship at Clear Channel Communications Radio Station in her hometown of Austin, Texas.

She has volunteered many hours of her personal time to community projects. “My community service is very high,” she said. “I spent many hours of my young life serving others.” She is a member of The National Charity League, a nonprofit that is known as one of the best and most effective mother-daughter membership organizations in the United States. All told, NCL members volunteer an average of about one million of cumulative hands-on hours in communities across the country. Through it and other volunteer efforts, Carline McCaul has performed more than 328 hours of service to her community, and these efforts have earned her the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama, for two years in a row.

Caroline McCaul says that once she completes her education she would like to go into business, and eventually become the successful CEO of a company that is involved in the music business in some creative way.

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Caroline McCaul Enters 18th Most Selective University of the South

Caroline McCaul has been selected to enter one of the most selective of western Universities. Caroline has achieved an ACT score of 31, maintaining a Grade Point Average of 99.3 in her Westlake High School Class. These scores are all to her advantage at UT Austin. Business Journal has ranked UT Austin as the 18th most selective University in the South. Previously subject to a Texas House Bill which guaranteed all graduating Texas seniors in the top 10% of their class admission to any Texas university, a modification has now granted UT Austin an exemption, enabling them to limit their freshman enrollment to 75% of the entering in-state students.

This effectively will place UT’s enrollment at the top 8% of Texas graduating classes. The bill also guarantees admission only. It does not guarantee a student a choice of college or major, as each study program has its own admission requirements. It is up to Caroline McCaul, and other entering freshmen like her, to ensure that they have the standard prerequisites for the program of his or her choice. Caroline’s extensive list of accomplishments thus far, maximizes her success in the UT Austin College of Communication.

World rankings for the University of Texas at Austin vary. U.S. News and World Report ranked UT Austin 45th nationally, and 67th internationally. Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranked UT Austin at 35th worldwide, factoring its Novel laureate affiliations and researchers. The Economist ranked UT Austin 49th internationally, while the London Times Higher Education list places UT at 25th in the world. UT of Austin graduates, who Caroline McCaul will join upon earning her Bachelor’s degree, are 22nd in the nation for increased lifetime earnings, according to a 2013 College Database study.

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Caroline McCaul: The Importance of Extracurricular Activities on College Applications

High school students who want to get into college may find it more difficult to get into the school of their choice without an extensive list of extracurricular activities on their resume. This is because, as has been the case for decades, college admissions officers are looking for students who go above and beyond the call of duty for their schoolwork. Earning good grades and testing well is important, of course, but colleges are looking for students who can perform well in often rigid classroom setting and in their communities as well. Following instructions and turning assignments in on time shows responsibility, but participating in sports, community service organizations, and clubs, shows a commitment to the community that goes beyond academic excellence. It also shows a great deal of leadership qualities and talents beyond the classroom.

College admissions boards look for multi-talented individuals for their school. Colleges are constantly competing with each other for the best students so that they can showcase their excellent facilities and opportunities, which will attract more students and more tuition money. Participating in sports and clubs shows colleges that you aren’t afraid of more work, more responsibility, and that you aren’t afraid to put your talents to the test. Colleges want students who take risks and try new things. Participating in extracurricular activities can also help make up for a few sub-par grades or test scores that students may be stressed about on their college admissions forms. While participation in extracurricular activities won’t save ones chances if a student has poor grades all around, it could be the difference between getting in and getting a rejection letter.

Caroline McCaul was accepted into the University of Texas because of her stellar grades, test scores, and her long list of extracurricular activities she participated in throughout her high school career.

Working in Radio: More than a Smooth Voice by Caroline McCaul

Working for a radio station requires more than a smooth on-air voice. In order to fully complete all necessary functions to consistently air quality audio content, you have to be well-versed in audio editing, fact-checking, research, and many other skills. You may have to write and rehearse content before you go on the air to read. Depending on your duties at a radio station, you may not even speak on the air. Many radio professionals have built long and distinguished careers out of working behind the scenes for on-air talent. Producers, for example, are responsible for ensuring that all radio broadcast content is solid before anyone touches a microphone.
Starting in radio usually means starting at the bottom. Many radio station professionals start as interns who research content, edit audio files, help news anchors with stories and do whatever is necessary to consistently produce excellent programming, no matter what kind of content it is. Radio interns are typically responsible for filling in the cracks of their superiors, making sure that nothing is forgotten. Over time, these interns develop enough skills to handle more responsibilities, and a new radio career is born. Radio crews need multi-talented individuals who can handle the stress of being on a deadline and feeling the pressure from their audience to provide them with excellent content on a regular basis. Gaining the experience needed to have a successful career in radio is crucial. Many radio professionals started as interns or volunteers at community radio stations.

Caroline McCaul is a student at the University of Texas in Austin. She graduated from Westlake High School in Austin in 2015, and successfully completed a radio internship with Clear Channel Communications in Austin. She was a marketing intern, working with Clear Channel’s local President of Marketing, Pamela McKay for eighteen weeks in the fall of 2013.

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Starting a Business: Coming From Ideas by Caroline McCaul

Starting a new business usually involves coming up with a new, better product or method of providing that product. Computers and operating systems existed before Bill Gates started Microsoft, but he knew he could create an operating system that was easier to use and make computers easier to use in general. He came up with his idea, marketed it, and founded one of the largest software companies based on his improvement of computers and their systems. Today he’s one of the richest men in the world. Ideas like this don’t come around very often, but if you’re a skilled worker in an industry that interests you, like Bill Gates was, you can come up with an idea that may not make you a billion dollars, but will at least provide you with a good startup business.
Bill Gates was an exceptional software coder. He could build on his idea for a new operating system because he had the raw skills to do it himself. He didn’t need to rely on others to make his idea happen. The best ideas for new entrepreneurs are those that you can build upon yourself and create a new product or delivery system that will disrupt the market. In today’s tech-obsessed world, disruption is the name of the game. Gain skills, either with on-the-job training or in school, and you will develop the raw tools you need to create solutions people are willing to pay for.

Caroline McCaul is a freshman at the University of Texas. In high school, McCaul participated in Launchgen, an educational program that promotes new, innovative business ideas. She graduated from Westlake High School in 2015 with honors and completed multiple Advanced Placement courses, such as English, Government, Economics, and more. McCaul participated in many other extracurricular activities that have helped her get into the University of Texas.

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Learning a New Language: Immersion by Caroline McCaul

Immersing yourself in a country that speaks another language can be the quickest way to acclimate yourself to that language, that is, as long as you already possess a strong understanding of the basics. For the quickest way to learn any language, you should practice vocabulary and sentence structure to get the basics of the language down early on. After you understand the basic structure of the language as well as how it works on a sentence level, you can begin to work on better acclimating yourself to that particular culture, and to see the language in action. Watching others interact, and listening to how they speak the language, are a couple of the quickest ways to learn and begin speaking that language fluently.
Most people who learn languages, those they are unfamiliar with, will many times work to interact on a one-on-one basis with people who speak that language regularly. An individual can’t expect to pick up another way of communicating without spending a significant amount of time both learning and preacticing. However, you can’t simply move to another country and expect to pick up the language by walking around outside. Gaining a basic understanding of how the language works on a phonetic level is a great way to use immersion as a way to bolster your knowledge of a language, rather than have immersion be the only way you learn a new language.
Learning Spanish, for example, is much easier if you have a basic working knowledge of how the language works before you move to Mexico. Living with Spanish-speakers for six months or a year is a great way to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and learn more about the people that speak Spanish in Mexico, but if you don’t know a word of Spanish before you go there, it could be difficult to start from scratch. Give yourself time to understand not only vocabulary, but also sentence structure and the subtle differences between dialects.

Caroline McCaul studied Spanish extensively in high school before she spent a summer in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to learn to speak Spanish fluently.

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Caroline McCaul - Helping Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Inc.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Inc. came to be as the result of unity between five St. John Neumann Catholic Church parishioners; faithful individuals who joined together to take a more proactive approach to supporting and serving the needs of Austin’s homeless community. Mobile Loaves & Fishes continues to bring hope, meals and inspiration to the homeless of Austin, and local volunteer and St. John Neumann member Caroline McCaul is proud to have had the opportunity to provide help to such an invaluable source of support.

Since September of 1998, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, considered by many to be a ‘truck ministry,” works through the help of volunteers like Caroline McCaul to bring much-needed meals and support to both the homeless and the working poor of the Austin community; to show in-need individuals and families that there are, in fact, people who want nothing more than to help and show compassion in any way that they can. Now operating in communities throughout the country, including in Minneapolis, Minnesota, New Bedford Massachusetts, San Antonio, Texas and more, Mobile Loaves & Fishes has proudly served over 4 million meals to in-need people, and has relied on the help of over 18,000 volunteers to make their mission possible.

Caroline McCaul, an Austin-area high school student and committed member of the National Charity League, has been of service to the organization on multiple occasions, and continues to seek out opportunities to help and support people and organizations in need. To date, McCaul has accumulated 341.5 hours of philanthropy during her high school tenure.

Caroline McCaul - Making a Difference

Caroline McCaul has always understood the positive impact just one volunteer can make for someone in need, and that service and generosity are the cornerstones of a health, strong and successful local community. It is both this understanding of the importance of service, as well as the desire to faithfully serve those in need, that have driven McCaul to be such an active and involved part of the community, and to commit much of her time, and her energy, to the needs of charitable organizations that make a genuine difference in people’s lives.

Caroline McCaul learned the value of faithful service from both her parents and her grandparents, and has made community involvement a continually important and integral aspect of her life beginning at a very early age. The daughter of a US Congressman, as well as a the granddaughter who bravely fought and defended the country during World War II, McCaul has come to appreciate exactly how powerful service to people, community and country is, and has volunteered and served throughout her high school tenure towards making a positive and enduring impact on organizations and people throughout the community.

Caroline McCaul, the winner of numerous awards and honors for her continual commitment to volunteer service, is grateful for the opportunity to give back, and has long striven to be a source of positivity, and of hope, to those in the most need. She strives to follow in the footsteps of those that have come before, and to work towards a better, healthier and more compassionate future for all throughout the Austin community.

Caroline McCaul - Texas Yields the Mineral Wealth to Build the University of Texas

On November 17, 1882, on the original "College Hill," an official ceremony was held to commemorate the laying of the cornerstone of the Old Main building. University President Ashbel Smith, presiding over the ceremony prophetically proclaimed: "Texas holds embedded in its earth rocks and minerals which now lie idle because unknown, resources of incalculable industrial utility, of wealth and power. Smite the earth, smite the rocks with the rod of knowledge and fountains of unstinted wealth will gush forth." Smith’s words were prophetic. The Permanent University Fund, which enabled UT to be born after oil was discovered on university land, now provides 30 percent of the University’s endowment of $7.2 billion, the largest endowment of any public university in the U.S.

UT Austin believes Greek life supports and promotes cultural appreciation and scholarship, as well as leadership qualities and service to the community. Caroline McCaul has familial connections to several Greek chapters, including Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi, joined by her Grandmothers Frances Lott McCaul and Peggy Pitman Mays. Her aunt Kathy Mays Johnson was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at SMU, and Aunt Patti Sullivan Mays was a member of Delta Delta Delta at Vanderbilt University.

Caroline McCaul has enrolled in the elite Communications College at University of Texas in Austin, with 20 Pulitzer Prizes awarded to former students. Alumni of the UT Austin College of Communications include Walter Cronkite, Betty Nguyen, and novelist Raymond Benson, among others. 28 Rhodes Scholars, 26 Truman Scholars, 20 Marshall Scholars and 9 astronauts call the University of Texas at Austin their alma mater. Caroline McCaul joins other notable performing artists from UT Austin, including Janis Joplin, Jayne Mansfield, Eli Wallach and Matthew MConaughey.

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Caroline McCaul Earns Two Presidential Bronze Medals for Volunteer Service

Caroline McCaul is a two-time Bronze Medal Recipient of the President of the United States’ Volunteer Service Award, created by President George W. Bush in 2002. President Bush wanted to encourage Americans to help one another in the after math of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Administered by Points of Light and following in the footsteps of the Presidents Volunteer Action Award program from the 1980’s, the Volunteer Service Award organization holds as its purpose the recognition of volunteers who give hundreds of hours per year in helping others. Whether organizations or individuals, the President’s Volunteer Service Award strives to honor hundreds of thousands of people across America who give of their time and effort to make communities better.

In 2002, President Bush revealed his Volunteer Service Award in his State of the Union address, and followed his reveal with an Executive Order which created a President’s Council for Service and Civic Participation. Service and civic engagement are recognized and promoted through the Award, and it is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Points of Light Institute. Volunteers maintain a log of hours worked in volunteerism, and upon requesting a President’s Volunteer Service Award the log is presented to be certified. The Award website has registration information for volunteer hours, and certification of community service hours is handled by the Leadership Organization, a national group which has smaller groups which administer the activity. A certifying organization is a group which processes the registration information on a local basis, such as the volunteer hours logged by Caroline McCaul, and interested participants can locate a local service organization which will help them complete registration information and submit it nationally.

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Caroline McCaul’s Grandfather Founds Clear Channel Communications

Lowry Mays and B.J. McCombs founded Clear Channel Communications in 1972. iHeartMedia, as it is known today, owns more than 850 AM and FM radio stations in the United States, the largest owner of radio stations in the country. iHeartMedia also specializes in outdoor advertising through Clear Channel Holdings.

Lowry Mays, Caroline McCaul grandfather, and his partner purchased the first radio stations outside San Antonio in 1976, KXXO and KMOD in Tulsa. Port Arthur Texas, KPAC, and El Paso, KELP also joined the Clear Channel family. 43 radio stations and 16 TV stations were part of Clear Channel by 1995. Eventually, Clear Channel would purchase 70 other media companies and stations. Clear Channel moved into outdoor advertising with its purchase of Eller Media in 1997. Clear Channel also moved outside of the U.S. with acquisitions in the United Kingdom and China. Clear Channel split into 3 different companies in 2005: radio broadcasting with Clear Channel Communications, Clear Channel outdoor, and Live Nation. Caroline McCaul’s family, the Mays family, continued to control the various facets of Clear Channel with Mark Mays as CEO of Radio and Outdoor, and Randal Mays as chairman of Live Nation. Mark and Randall are Caroline McCaul’s uncles, part of a family with deep Texas roots.

In 2010, Caroline’s Uncle Mark retained his position as Chairman of the Board, while Clear Channel began a search for a new CEO. In 2011, Robert Pittman was named CEO of Clear Channel. Clear Channel was bought out in 2007, ending its 35 years as a public company. iHeartMedia is the largest radio station group owner in the United States, with 850 stations.

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Caroline McCaul - The Benefits of Volunteering

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Caroline McCaul has dedicated much of her young life to the service of those who are less fortunate than she is and has logged more than 340 hours with the National Charity League, receiving two President’s Volunteer Service Awards along the way. She believes that volunteering is beneficial for a number of reasons, including all of the following.

You Help People

The most obvious benefit is that you will be using your time to help others who may have fallen on hard times. Not only do you reap the benefits of the positivity that such actions create, but you will also have the opportunity to meet a host of wonderful people that you may never have encountered during the course of your everyday life.

You Learn

A lot of people struggle to understand the many social issues that can lead to poverty, poor education and the many other issues that the less fortunate may face during their lives. By volunteering your time to causes that aim to tackle these issues, you will learn much more about what needs to be changed in order to make improvements, both from the causes and the people affected by the issues.

Valuable Experience

Volunteering also allows you to gain experience and a range of skills that can be applied to your personal and professional life. Caroline McCaul believes that nobody should volunteer solely to boost their career aspirations, but having volunteer work on your résumé will show potential employers that you are committed to a cause and willing to work above and beyond to help that cause.

Caroline McCaul - How To Start Volunteering

Volunteering has been a large part of Caroline McCaul’s life for many years and she is a distinguished member of the National Charity League, having received numerous awards for her dedicated service. She understands that many people struggle with getting involved in volunteer activities and offers the following steps that people can take to become active in their local communities.

Register With A Volunteering Organization

Organizations like the National Charity League were formed to help people, particularly youngsters, understand the importance of volunteering while also ensuring that they had access to the charitable causes that could use their help. If you are unsure where to start with your efforts, it is a good idea to register with one of these organizations so that you can get some guidance.

Choose The Right Cause

As with anything in life, if you have no passion for the cause you’re volunteering for it is likely that you won’t put forth your best effort. There are many different causes that could use people willing to offer their time and skills, so make sure you pick one that resonates with you so that you don’t lose your motivation further down the line.

Consider Your Own Skills

While you will learn many different skills during your time as a volunteer, Caroline McCaul points out that many organizations are looking for people with defined skillsets to help them as well. Consider the things that you are good at and how you can use these skills to help your chosen cause.

Caroline McCaul - Tips For Novice Scuba Divers

Scuba diving offers you a gateway into a world that is rarely seen by people, which is one of the many reasons why Caroline McCaul developed an interest in the activity. She is now a Certified Open Water scuba diver and has the following pointers for people who are looking to get involved with the activity.

Find A Good School

Scuba diving is not an activity that can just be picked up if you have the right equipment. You need to be trained properly before you can do it safely. Make sure to research all of your local schools and find out which ones have the necessary certification to ensure they can provide you with a good education. Enroll in the beginner’s classes and work upwards at your own pace.

Control Your Breathing

A lot of novice scuba divers struggle with the concept of not holding their breath underwater, which is a perfectly natural reaction to have at first. However, you are going to have to control this instinct if you are to have any success in the activity. Trust in your instructors and listen to what they tell you in regards to breathing.

Never Dive Alone

Even well-trained scuba divers will not dive alone and Caroline McCaul notes that you should always be in the water with a partner who is able to check up on you and vice-versa. Don’t stray too far from your partner and aim to work together in order to enjoy the experience. Remember that the person diving with you can make all of the difference if something happens to go wrong.

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By learning a new language, you open yourself up to experiencing different cultures from an entirely different perspective, in addition to developing a skill that could be useful for a variety of job roles. Caroline McCaul is a skilled Spanish speaker, so much so that she interned at San Miguel de Allende in Mexico in the summer of 2014. She understands that learning a new language can be difficult for some and has the following tips to offer.

Have A Goal In Mind

As with any endeavor, you will need to maintain your motivation levels in order to succeed. If you have chosen to learn a language, you should have an end goal in mind. This could be anything from being able to converse with a friend in their own language through to preparing yourself for a job role. As long as you have something to shoot for your chances of success increase.

Be Willing To Make Mistakes

You should not avoid talking in the language you are learning just because you’re worried you might make a mistake. In fact, mistakes are to be expected and are a vital part of the learning process. Spend as much time using your skills to converse with others and try your best to contribute as much as possible to the conversation.


The more you listen to the language you are trying to learn, the more familiar it will become. Caroline McCaul points out that every language sounds incomprehensible the first time you hear it, but you will eventually feel more comfortable as you expose yourself to it.

Caroline McCaul - Tips For Learning A New Language

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