Languages are favorite study topic for Emily Lyden

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BY Molly Congdon
Gazette Reporter
CLIFTON PARK — Shenendehowa junior Emily Lyden has a knack for languages. She currently studies three: Spanish, French and Chinese.

“I want to become a translator,” she said. “Go travel and teach English in other countries. Last year I started taking Chinese and I wanted to expand even more. I’m good at it.”

It all started with her favorite, Spanish. “When I first started Spanish in seventh grade, it came super easy to me,” Lyden said. “Then in ninth grade they offered Chinese and I decided to try it out, and that came pretty easily to me as well. It just multiplied as I progressed through and I realized how good I was at languages.”

Chinese proved to be the most difficult. “It’s super hard [for most people],” Lyden said. “But I like it, I like all the people who are in my class — there are nine people — so we became really close.”

Her dream school is Stanford. “I would be a legacy from my great aunt and it’s in an area I want to be around,” Lyden said. “Plus, it’s a really great school.”

Of course, she has backup schools on her list such as UC Berkeley and Cornell.

Lyden was born in New Hampshire, but her family moved to Clifton Park when she was only 8 months old.

Her mother, Kristin, works for BOCES, teaching special education teachers new ways to teach their kids, and her father, Steve, owns an insurance agency called the Lyden Group.

Lyden used to participate in ballet, hard-core style; she spent hours each day practicing and perfecting moves such as a plie, tendu and demi-pointe. But a couple of years ago, she decided to pursue a different passion, which blends her love of dance with singing and acting: the realm of musical theater.

She is currently in a show called “Wendy’s Shadow.” “It’s based off of ‘Peter Pan’ and I’m Nibs, the lost girl from Neverland,” Lyden said. “It’s really fun, she gets to be super sassy.”

Five questions
for Emily Lyden
Q: What’s the number one thing on your bucket list?
A: To travel the world.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: The rainbow; I change so often.
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “The Breakfast Club.”
Q: What is one of your biggest fears?
A: Probably heights.
Q: Do you have a favorite musical artist.
A: alt-J.