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Class of 2019: Graduating Spanish Major Inspired by Study Abroad

 

Carla Ingram

 

1) What have you discovered about yourself while being here at Georgia College?

 I have discovered that I can reach the unreachable while being here at Georgia College. When I first came here, I was not comfortable with speaking Spanish and felt like I was very far behind, but through patience and dedication, I have learned many things. 

2) What are your plans after graduating from Georgia College?

 I received a job at Baldwin High School as a Spanish teacher. I am also in the process of applying to the Master's Program for secondary education. 

3) What is the biggest challenge you've overcome while being here at Georgia College?

The biggest challenge involved studying abroad. This was simply because I've never been on a plane before. It was a nine hour flight and I was going to be in another country on my own for three weeks. I had to become an adult super fast and understand responsibility on a whole other level.

4) How did you become interested in World Languages and Cultures?  

 I went through a phase where I really did not know what I wanted to do. Prior to college, I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist. Then I decided I wanted to do speech pathology because I love to talk. My mother always had an idea that I was going to be a teacher. That still was not my "ideal" job. I remember that I did well in Spanish in high school. One day I was in Walmart and I ran into my former high school Spanish teacher, we talked about Spanish being a potential major and I went forward with it. 

5) What is your most memorable experience at Georgia College?

My most memorable experience was going to Santiago, Chile.  My second favorable memory was Bilingual Story Time (Service Learning Class). The opportunity to read to the primary students in Spanish was super fun. 

6) If you had to leave one piece of advice for someone interested in the same field as you, what would it be and why?

My advice would be, Go Abroad! Give every minute the best effort possible.  Also, do not be afraid! Don't be afraid to speak or ask for help. 

7) Do you feel that Georgia College, as a Liberal Arts College, has helped prepare you for your future aspirations?

 Georgia College has opened up so many opportunities for me and I am so thankful. I have not only been prepared, but I have learned and made great connections with great professors. 

 

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