Congratulations to Michael Lott class of 2019, who won the prestigious Fulbright Award!
"When I started at Seattle U, I never expected to graduate with a major in Spanish. I started taking Spanish classes because the College of Arts and Sciences required 15 credits of modern language courses. It just so happened that the Spanish department offered my class an opportunity to earn a Spanish Minor on a Summer abroad program in Nicaragua. This program was the opportunity I was looking for to study abroad while not interfering with my main program of study. It was perfect for me. After completing my Spanish minor requirements in Nicaragua, I kept taking Spanish classes as electives because they had become the highlight of my week. My professors were engaging, and the class topics catered to my interests in film, literature, and history. I ended up declaring Spanish as my second major during my senior year, and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Social Work with an additional major in Spanish. Since graduation, I have been working as a counselor and case manager in organizations serving unaccompanied immigrant youth in the Seattle area. My studies in the Spanish department gave me orientation in communication and culture that I pull from every day in my work with immigrant youth. The academic formation I received also prepared me to apply for and receive a Fulbright research grant in Guatemala. I will be departing in January 2020 to conduct 10 months of research on the emerging New Masculinities movement in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Because of my Spanish major, my life and career is going on an exciting trajectory that I never dreamed it would go."
Congratulations to Julia Cordero, class of 2019, who won the prestigious Fulbright Award!
“Studying abroad in Mexico with LASP opened new doors to my understanding of Mexican culture and my own culture as a Mexican American in the Pacific Northwest. I was able to connect with the Mexican people and my heritage in a real way that was inaccessible to me before. Upon returning to the United States after two quarters abroad, I interned as a teaching assistant in a dual-language program; this allowed me to share my knowledge in a manner that directed back to my surrounding community. If it weren't for my study abroad experience with LASP, I would not be where I am today: completing my masters in Secondary Education and on my way to complete a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Mexico.”
Congratulations to Shayan Chisti, class of 2019, who won the prestigious Fulbright Award!
“I am extremely grateful for my time at Seattle University, and a large part of that is thanks to the Spanish Department. Each professor I have had and worked with was supportive and compassionate with my learning. After my first year studying Spanish, I knew I wanted to study abroad to facilitate my understanding of the language. My desire took me to Puebla, Mexico, where I lived and studied for seven months. What would have been five months was extended as I realized how much I was learning and enjoying Mexican culture and speaking Spanish. Upon returning, I had a new grasp of the language and immersed myself in new jobs and communities I wouldn’t have otherwise. These experiences continue to influence me - I will be returning to Mexico with a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship after graduation. My desire to apply for the Fulbright was in large part motivated by my Spanish major, and I am extremely thankful to have a support system of professors from the Spanish Department cheering me on as I continue down new and exciting life paths.”