Imagine being transplanted to a foreign land. You’ve left everyone behind and now know no one. You can’t understand anyone. Your parents enroll you in school and for eight hours a day, you understand nothing that is being said to you; nor can you communicate your wants and needs. Then the answer to your prayers walks in and brings a book written in a language you can understand. Finally, someone who understands or at least has the time to focus on just you and your “crazy” gestures. This person slows things down to your level, she gives you the ability to practice your new language and maintain your old one. She has attempted to learn about your culture and you both laugh as she stumbles on your language the way you do on hers. You finally feel hope that you will make it through this life changing event.
And so, to spread the hope that was given to me I want to finish my degree of Global Studies at the College of William and Mary; that I too may be cognizant of other cultures and languages. I then plan on getting certified to teach ESL and subsequently attain a Master’s in Speech Pathology. These goals will allow me to give ESL learners and children with speech disorders a better understanding of the world around them. My hope is that they will pay it forward as I plan to.