My experience as a Hispanic Studies major has been defined by the people and experiences the department has connected me to. I have loved meeting classmates who share my interest in the culture, history, and language of the Spanish-speaking world and challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone in classes taught by dynamic professors. The program has also given me invaluable opportunities to travel, including spending a semester in Seville, Spain and traveling to the Basque Country with my senior seminar for spring break. These amazing experiences have affirmed my love of Spanish language and culture and informed my future path. I will be spending next year at the William & Mary School of Education to complete my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language. Upon graduation from that program, I plan to pursue a teaching position in a dual-immersion elementary school where students are taught in both Spanish and English. I hope this job will allow me to continue to share the love of Spanish that the Hispanic Studies department fostered for me in the past four years.