Tell us about your organization:
Spanish club is a friendly environment open to anyone who wants to learn more about Spanish language or culture. We host conversation hours where we speak in Spanish, we host food events with different clubs, and we help students with tutoring or homework. It’s really a great way to promote Spanish because we aren’t learning from a book or in a classroom – we are applying it to real life.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
I think it’s important and meaningful because it promotes cultural awareness and diversity. I think we get so focused on our majors that we lose sight of our passions. Spanish club was a way for me to do something that didn’t necessarily deal with my major but provided me with an outlet that allowed me to be creative and passionate, and I think a lot of students will agree.
How did you decide to take on your role as Vice President of Spanish club?
Freshman year I was looking for more ways to get involved, so I began looking at clubs I could really enjoy getting involved in. Since I’m so passionate about Spanish club, I knew it was something I’d really be able to work on, and I really wanted to promote Spanish culture. Spanish club actually inspired me to study abroad for six weeks in Ronda, Spain. It’s really special to me, so I wanted to give others a chance to be passionate about the language and culture as well.
How does your work within Spanish club to give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
This year, I was able to use my gifts to acquire a tutoring position. I know I would not have had this opportunity without the club. I’m very passionate about teaching others, and I think helping people in this club and being involved in conversation hour has allowed me to further explore my passions. I love the fact that not only I learn from everything we do in Spanish club, but I get to teach it to others as well.
Why do you think your organization makes a difference in this world?
A lot of times when we go to college we are so focused on our majors we may lose track of our passions. Spanish club really helps people see that there is more than just work. You want to be able to do the things that you enjoy, and Spanish club allows people to follow their passions. Also, it does a great job of helping people see a global perspective. It shows us how other people live and that’s important because it’s necessary to understand how different people perceive things and how other people think about various issues.
Anything to say for students who might want to join this club?
If you have any interested in the club or Spanish, then this club is for you! You don’t need to be taking Spanish or anything; we welcome anyone and would be more than willing to take anyone.