I originally chose Hispanic Studies because of my urge to travel abroad to Spanish-speaking countries. My time spent in Argentina and Spain increased my language abilities and fueled my passion for further travels, working in issues of environmental justice. Hispanic Studies has provided me with a means to interpret a wide spectrum of Spanish voices that reflect how class struggles, cultural shifts, interpretations of history, and national identities affect the fight for interpretive power of a nation. In Spanish, I learn to replace relying on fact with a process of gathering perspectives and strategies to engage independently, respond quickly and be mindful of the complexity of entering a new culture or environment. I am excited to take this knowledge back abroad and in work of social change for Spanish-speaking populations in the United States.