¡Encantada de conocerles! (Pleased to meet you!)
Hi everyone! I thought to begin my series of blog posts I’d give you a little background on my specific community project and myself. My name is Christine and I’m a junior double-majoring in Spanish and Psychology. Although I’m not exactly sure what I’d like to do, I’m considering the legal field or HR/ employment relations. No matter what I end up choosing, I’m so glad to have a second language to enrich my career path. I’ve been taking Spanish classes in school since I was five years old and have always been fascinated by the language- especially due to the amazing Spanish teachers and professors I’ve had over the past 16 years. Much of my learning has been in the classroom, so it has been wonderful getting to hone in on my speaking skills through volunteering experiences.
I decided to take SPAN 232 to strengthen my oral communication skills and get hands-on experience with Spanish-speaking populations to practice for my future career. Initially I was extremely nervous at the thought of communicating with native speakers in my community interactions, but it has proven to be one of my favorite aspects of the course. I was shocked at the number of volunteering options the course offered; any interest you have could be met- tutoring, health-care, and social service opportunities appeal to any skill set or potential interest. It’s also very manageable to find transportation to volunteering, or to select an organization on campus to meet your transportation needs (very important seeing as I don’t have a car on campus). Along the way, it’s been rather beneficial to hear my classmates’ experiences and see the multitude of ways Spanish-speaking skills are used to give back to the community (in addition to how the community enriches the lives of student volunteers). Overall, I would highly recommend taking the class because it strengthens your cultural awareness and improves grammar and speaking skills though real-life application.