I first fell in love with the
Spanish-speaking world when my high school Spanish teacher
brought a group of approximately twenty students with her to
Spain. When I set foot in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor in the rosy
light of the setting Spanish sun, I was hooked. I learned on
that short trip that foreign language is not just a series of
nouns and verbs to string together, but rather a lens through
which to see the world.
I decided to
study Spanish at Moravian College. I spent four happy years
there, delving into the Spanish language with Moravian’s
knowledgeable and supportive faculty, culminating in a travel
seminar to the U.S.-Mexico border to study the complex
relationships that exist there. After studying abroad in the
Spanish city of Alicante and acting as president of the Spanish
Club, I was thrilled to accept the Irving S. Amrhein Prize for
distinguished work in Spanish as a foreign language.
My love of
foreign language has not abated, though! I continue to explore
opportunities to learn and grow, including completing a Master’s
degree at the Universidad of Alcalá de Henares, spending
a summer in Sevilla (which I plan to repeat this year), and
teaching English to adult students from all over the world. Who
knows where the next adventure will lead!