I am a senior, double majoring in Hispanic Studies and Secondary Education. I chose to major in Hispanic Studies because I wanted to be able to communicate with Spanish speaking individuals from all parts of the world. For me, it’s not just enough to know the language but you have to have some cultural and historical knowledge as well in order to understand the perspectives of the people you wish to communicate to. Upon graduating, I will begin teaching Spanish to 9th through 12th graders. Language learning will be a high priority in my classroom; however, helping students gain an understanding of the different cultures and helping them to use the language outside of the classroom will be two of my overarching goals.