I joined Spanish Club this semester to practice my language skills in preparation for my hoped for stint as a Fulbright ETA, and I have to say I wish I’d joined years ago. I had a great time practicing my Spanish during conversation hours and bingo games with the other club members, but the events and activities were also a great way to get exposure to the culture and history of Spanish speaking countries. Unfortunately for me most of the emphasis was on Latin American culture – understandable given our relative proximity to Latin America vs. Spain – but it was still fun to learn about these other cultures. We got to talk about Dia de los Muertos and helped make decorations for altars, and we learned how to make horchata from scratch, to name just a few fun activities from this semester. While this isn’t helping with my Spanish history and culture education, I found that much of the Spanish vocabulary and grammar I lost from years of disuse has come flooding back from conversing with others in the language. I hope sticking with the club next semester (along with the studying I’m doing on my own) will leave me at least sufficiently functional in Spanish by next fall should I get lucky enough to go to Spain.
So this is the slightly awkward place where I'm supposed to describe myself in like two sentences. I am a Chemistry/Pre-Vet major aiming to become a zoo vet someday. I'm into BBC shows, fantasy novels, and staying up way too late with my roommates. I spent a summer in Italy studying organic chemistry and getting lost on the train system, and now I'm in Australia, studying instrumental chemistry and getting lost on the bus system. I guess some things never really change. View all posts by Katie