Why did you choose to study languages at SRU?
During high school, I studied Spanish and it did not come easy to me. I worked so hard in my classes and almost gave up; when I almost dropped the language, I thought back to my first day of Spanish classes ever and how inspired I was. I remember sitting in class and the Spanish teachers were speaking it in front of everyone and I wanted so badly to know what they were saying so I told myself that one day I would be fluent in it. I decided to stick with it and am so glad I did. When I got to college, I knew that in order to get to the level I wanted to I had to stick with it. Also, with my first major being Elementary Education, I had so many ideas about how I could pair the two together, there were so many possibilities.
What have been some of the advantages of studying a language for your professional/personal life so far?
I am happy to say that the biggest advantage is being able to speak it fluently. After years of studying the language, I was able to reach the level I wanted and now I can carry out full conversations in the language with ease, as well as read and write in it. This has already given me such an advantage with my career and I just graduated! I decided that I wanted to be an ESL (teaching English as a second language) teacher during my senior year in college and wanted to get my master's degree where I could learn how to work with bilingual students.
Because of my Spanish major, I was able to travel to Madrid in the summer of 2018 for two months to take language and culture classes at the University of Alcala. Because of that experience, I had many connections to the university and decided that I wanted to go to grad school there.
During my last semester of school, I was accepted into a master's program there to study Bilingual and Multicultural Education. I never would’ve had that opportunity or known about it if it wasn’t for me studying Spanish. Sadly, due to the pandemic, I deferred the program until next year, however, because of my Spanish degree I was able to find a Spanish-speaking job I could do during the year. Once you know another language so many doors open.