LALS Students in the Spotlight
LALS Students in the Spotlight
As a first year graduate student in the Linguistics department, I
decided to add on the LALS Graduate Certificate because of my previous
experience as a Latino Studies Minor during my undergraduate years.
Before beginning school, I worked
as Program Assistant at the Backside Learning Center, a center on the
backside of Churchill Downs devoted to enhancing the lives of the
workers on the backside, many of which are not from the United States.
Later, again before my studies began, I accepted
a job as an ESL and Spanish Instructor at Bowen Elementary School, and
have loved every minute of it! I owe my previous experience as an
intern at the Backside Learning Center through my LALS minor as a key
component of my resume in finding these positions.
Moreover, during this first semester working toward the LALS Graduate
Certificate, I have been an intern at three different nonprofit medical
facilities: The Family Community Clinic, Kentucky Racing Health Services
Center, and the GLOH Clinic through the UofL
Medical School. The clinics offer free health services to the
uninsured. This internship has truly opened my eyes to the many
discouraged Spanish-speakers in our community due to their every day
health concerns and the obstacles of language. I feel that
my internship has impacted not only the lives of the Spanish-speakers,
but my life as well. I enjoy every evening I spend at the clinics and,
though upsetting at times, know that I am helping to mend the bridge in
language borders. Although it has been quite
a juggle this semester with a new job, my graduate classes, and my
internships, I would not change anything for the world!
Greetings from Chile! My choice to major in LALS coupled with my desire to travel to South America has relocated me to Osorno, Chile, located in the Lakes District of northern Patagonia. I am attending the Universidad de Los Lagos for the duration of the fall 2013 semester, where I live in a home stay with a hilarious Chilean couple and three roommates from Spain and Chile. So far, I’ve been busy dissecting sentences to their grammatical cores, reading poems by Chilean icon Pablo Neruda, and analyzing Latin America’s unique literary movements through my four Spanish-language classes. Furthermore, I am reading novels on my Kindle by famous South American authors to expand my understanding of the continent’s sociopolitical framework, and I am supplementing my academics with extracurricular volunteer and research opportunities. But schoolwork isn’t all that consumes a study abroad experience, if but a third of it.
Jerome was also featured on UdLL's website!
Rosslyn Steinmetz, a senior Spanish and Political Science major, is the first UofL student to graduate with a major in Latin American and Latino Studies through the College of Arts & Sciences. A James Graham Brown Fellow, and a graduate of DuPont Manual High School, Rosslyn has won a Fulbright Full Grant to study the roles and perceptions of women in leadership in the national legislature of Paraguay. Working from the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, she will research gender equality and the status of Paraguayan women in politics since 1992. Rosslyn’s background in Latin America is extensive, including two programs completed to Panama, a summer internship in Trinidad and Tobago, and a year spent at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina. Her year in Argentina was funded in
part by the World Scholars Program. She is the founder and president of STAND, the UofL organization dedicated to ending genocide and a volunteer at Americana Community Center. An avid photographer, her work—including work done with the Impacto Project in Panama—has been presented at Gallery X and the Louisville Visual Arts Association. When she returns from Paraguay, Rosslyn intends to enroll in a graduate study program for Latin American politics before earning a joint JD/MA in International Studies.
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