This kind of experience can't be found in the classroom.
This summer, I was a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities and Social Sciences Grant. For eight weeks, I collaborated with Lycoming College Spanish professor Dr. Sandra Kingery to translate Mexican author Xanath Caraza’s novel, Pulsación, a collection of twenty-five short stories, from Spanish to English. When people ask me about my work with Sandy, my immediate response is that she changed my life. I may joke and say that she broke me and made me never be able to read Spanish again without trying to translate it, but I know she has taught me so much. She taught me how to truly read Spanish and to be able to understand and interpret it. More so, she granted me a new lens to read English, too, which in return makes me a better writer in both languages.
Topics: Summer Experience