While I can't say that I've fully mastered Spanish, I have been studying it for several years now, and it has been, surprisingly, one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. Sitting in my Spanish class in seventh grade, I did not expect that I would spend a week with a host family in Barcelona six years later, nor did I predict that I would have any desire to continue with Spanish following high school. In my time studying Spanish, I have cultivated an immense love for the language and the many diverse cultures that comprise the Spanish-speaking world. My advice to anybody considering learning a second language: Do it. Just give it time, and don't give it up even if things aren't going as you thought they would.