Majoring in Hispanic Studies has changed the way I engage the world around me. It has shown me how to seek and advocate for the humanity of others, how to use the pen as a sword and words as light. In learning of so many of the tragedies of humankind, I have seen its sorrow, its resilience to “wait for truth in the dark” and to create beauty amid tragedy. These themes I will carry with me the rest of my life. The details of my future are uncertain, but I know it is sure to hold the things that I have learned to love most during college: poetry, community advocacy, and lots and lots of delicious food. In all honesty, I will not miss Washington Hall, but I will miss the people I have met there.
I’d like to thank all the professors who have believed in me when I did not: Teresa Longo, Silvia Tandeciarz, Jonathan Arries, and Francie Cate-Arries. You have all given me so much but, most importantly, you have given me grace and hope, two things I will generously pass on.