As classes began to settle in and days became weeks, sign language had become my favorite “fun time” class. Dalia knew I had enrolled in a sign language class and always tried getting me to sign with her, but I was hesitant to do so I felt so intimidated. What would my signing be like compared to hers? My confidence was dwindling, but I didn’t give up and stuck with the
I was also a member of Spanish club and Spanish Honors Society at my school. I have always been interested and open minded to Spanish culture. At the same time, I was also a little nervous. It has been quite a few year since I was in high school and my ability to speak Spanish is a little rusty. With the barrier of language, how would we understand anything?
I would be incredibly honored to be admitted to the graduate program for English Literature at Vanderbilt because I’ve always had a passion for learning and teaching. I went into college with the idea that I needed to teach children overseas how to read and so for my first year of school I was unmovably focused on achieving that end; however, within a year’s time I would change my tune and set myself on a slightly different course. I tested out of both the required freshman English courses, so my freshman year I decided to dip my fingers into as many different pots within the Humanities as I could, which is how I ended up taking Existential Literature. I was utterly enraptured by the teaching methodologies Dr. Bringle utilized, she was engaging,
Because of we live in an apartment off campus, we can get a lot of friends to our place to have fun. Life is so good! At the end of last semester, my academic advisor told me that I’d better take an English class to match my undergraduate requirement. So, I decided to take this online course because of I can make my time flexible. I really thought I was going to master any English classed without paying extra attention and efforts on it, but that is not true at all.
My overall study habits have improved tremendously and this is reflected in my grades, from bombing my first tests to finally passing my chemistry test, things have gotten better and I can only see them getting better from here on out. One thing that I was overall pretty good about was going to classes, I rarely missed class unless I was sick, which helped a lot. People used to tell me “The best advice I can give you for college is to go to class”, and I didn 't understand what they meant, I would tell them “Why wouldn 't I go to class, I 'm paying for it? !” but now I totally understand, class being cancelled is the best feeling ever. However, I still have ways to go before I 'm a great college student, my goal is to have a 3.5 GRP which is pretty tough especially when it comes to Chemistry.
I would then practice what I learned in class and apply my Spanish speaking skills in casual conversations with my family. I soon after realized that “perfect” textbook Spanish is not always translated in the same ways as the casual Spanish that my family speaks on a daily basis. One would pick up the language faster in two weeks in a Spanish speaking country than they would in sitting through one full year of Spanish class. On that same note, my family and I had recently gone on an extravagant Europe vacation and I did not think it was possible to be more proud of who I am and where my bloodline comes from until this past summer. I have acquired a multicultural literacy and have gained an enormous amount of respect, appreciation and love for both the Spanish and American cultures.
In fact, I was a good student, often earning honor roll and getting diplomas for having good grades. I moved back again to the United States in my junior year of high school, because my parents wanted me to go to college in the US. It wasn’t easy; I didn’t know anybody, I had to make new friends again, and I wasn’t familiar with the life over here. I only spoke a little bit of English, because I had spent many years taking classes in Spanish while in the Dominican Republic. To help me pick up the language again, I decided to take regular classes instead of english as a second language because I thought this strategy would help me learn more English and get accustom to the language.
My professor and colleagues reinforced this opinion. Writing a thesis has always been a struggle for me. The beginning of this class was as well but over the course of English 101, I was able to learn how to write a thesis correctly, and now I can take what I learned with me to high school and future college classes I may take. The first essay that I wrote had many punctuation, grammar, and citation errors. My instructor and peers pointed them out, and I started realizing it on my own throughout the other essays I had to write.
It also helps me to communicate with people around the world while I am traveling. There are also many other advantages to learn foreign language, like for example to get better job, and be able to communicate with foreigners in or out of your own country. Because of English I was able to come here in NCWC to get my college degree. When I first came to North Carolina Wesleyan College at spring 2008 I planned to continue with my French studies, and maybe start Spanish. I was really surprised and mad that the school didn’t offer any foreign languages at that time.
My interest for immigration issues became important when I was in Middle School because I was part of the Migrant Education Program where we learned to appreciate our background and understand why our families had to migrate every four to six months. It wasn’t until high school that my passion for Immigration Law started and this was due in large part to my Senior Project; in which I did fieldwork, research and applied for my Citizenship. Thanks to the stunning job that I did I was honored in the local newspaper, which was amazing because never did I think that I would be the chosen one. While at the University of the Pacific, I also decided to major in Sociology, Spanish and Pre-Law so I can work with non-profit organizations and immigrant families to help them with different issues. ... ... middle of paper ... ...mmunity.