What attracted you to the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the MA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish?
When I began to consider pursuing a master’s degree, I was unsure of what path to take. During my search, I came across the Spanish program at George Mason University. Immediately I was drawn to this program because it offered a wide variety of classes on numerous topics related to the Spanish-speaking world, from linguistics to literature to bilingual education. As someone who is interested in a multi-faceted approach to understanding Spanish language and culture, this program has been a perfect fit.
What are your primary academic and/or professional interests?
Being a part of Mason’s Spanish program has vastly expanded my academic horizons. I have had the opportunity to explore, investigate, and further connect with my second language. I realized that I am deeply interested in linguistics - especially around the linguistic representation of gender in the Spanish language. In fact, this has become the foundation of my thesis research. In addition, this program has presented me with excellent professional opportunities and the Graduate Teaching Assistantship program has provided valuable experience as a teacher that I will carry with me for the rest of my career.
Do you have any advice for students in the program?
My advice for future students is to be persistent and always open to learning new things. Although challenges may present themselves, remember that your community of faculty members and peers are there to help guide you. Most importantly, be sure to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.