I began formally studying Spanish as a freshman at Mason City High School. Before that, I was in a Spanish class as a small child, where I learned the basics (think: colors, numbers, etc.)
When I went to Drake University, I knew I wanted to continue studying the Spanish language, however, when I first got to the university, I seriously lacked confidence in my speaking, writing, listening and reading abilities.
By no means was it easy to push past my insecurities and get to the next level. There were days when I felt frustrated by new grammatical tenses, and flustered by my attempts to interact with native speakers when I couldn’t seem to form sentences or ideas.
This portfolio is about reflection. I am currently at a language level which my high school self, or even my self two years ago would have never dreamed I would ever reach, and I’m excited to both share and reflect upon my progress.
I still have so much work to do, which is one thing (of many things) I love about learning a new language. There is always more to learn, and the door to lifelong learning is wide open.
I never knew, as a little girl, just how much learning a second language would enrich my life. I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to be on this lifelong Spanish learning journey.