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Hallie Allan

Cathy Miller Horiuchi Scholarship Recipient 

“I grew up in a very small town called Oak City, which is two hours south of Salt Lake in Millard County, so yes, coming to the city was a bit of an adjustment. I originally came to the U for the Chemical Engineering program. I ended up finding the Linguistics program in the middle of my first semester when I was looking to switch out of that program to something not quite as math-intensive, since it is definitely not my best subject, but that was also still science-based. Linguistics was perfect for both of those. I am now a senior in the program, and set to graduate next spring.”

 What is something you did not expect from this program?

 I knew coming in, of course, that there was more to language than what was presented in high school English, but I still found myself a bit surprised at the depth of complexity of language.

What is your favorite linguistics field of study?

That would definitely be syntax. I find the structure of phrases and sentences highly fascinating, so out of all of the fields of study, I have taken the most classes in this area.

What are you hoping to do with your degree in linguistics?

 I am hoping to supplement it with a master’s degree in Library Science. I want to specialize in rare books and preservation.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about pursuing a linguistics degree?

If you are a language nerd, don't be afraid to be different! Linguistics is not something a lot of people study in college, but that's okay.

What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy, as well as watching crime dramas. I also quite enjoy watching baseball; the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers are a couple of my favorite teams.

What is/are your favorite food(s)?

Some of my favorite foods include penne alfredo and cheese ravioli. I do love Italian food.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would have to go with Germany or Switzerland; both have beautiful scenery, and I love the German language.

Last Updated: 10/4/19