Senior Profile: Elyse Ardaiz (Hispanic Studies ’19)

I came into college with the knowledge that my academic passion lay in communication and information accessibility but without a strong sense of direction. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures has served as a home base for me these past few years, but it also helped me reenvision cross-cultural communication as a valuable tool in professional settings. I am particularly indebted to Professor Silvia Tandeciarz of Hispanic Studies for helping me rediscover my long lost love of reading and to Professor Katherine Kulick of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, who encouraged me to think outside the box and pursue literacy and information accessibility in ways we are not traditionally introduced to in school. Following graduation, I will be joining Teach For America in Miami-Dade as a secondary English teacher before pursuing a career in international business. Though I’ll miss my hours spent in Washington Hall, I’m excited to see what the future brings.

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