My name is Christina Alcorta and I’m an International Relations and Hispanic Studies double major. I knew coming into college that I wanted to continue my Spanish classes because I have family members in Argentina that I wanted to be able to communicate and visit with. I was expecting more grammar and vocabulary lessons but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered the intense, cultural focus of the Hispanic Studies program. During my time at the College I have been able to discuss and analyze gender relations along the Mexico-Texas border, learn about the various culinary traditions and their significance throughout regions of Spain, and during my final semester I was able to study one of the most formative events in Spanish history, the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regimen. Through the Hispanic Studies program at William and Mary I have been able to study abroad in Cadiz, Spain, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. These classes and experiences have been a defining part of my time at William and Mary. I hope that I can continue to add to them post-graduation.