My name is Brianna Perdomo and I spent this past June studying abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain. This study abroad experience has truly enhanced not only my studies but my overall outlook on my education.
I am currently beginning my senior year of my undergraduate career majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences and minoring in both Spanish and Education. My goal is to go on to graduate school next fall to receive my Speech Pathology license as well as a Bilingual certificate. Ultimately, I want to become a Bilingual Speech Pathologist. I am very passionate about giving children and their parents who may not speak English an equal opportunity in their education and make sure that I can provide speech therapy in both English and Spanish.
Therefore, spending time studying in Spain has really given me the opportunity to perfect my speaking skills while in an environment where my Spanish communication was so crucial. While taking upper level courses such as “Don Quijote de la Mancha” and “Historia del Arte,” I was able to practice articulating my thoughts to a Spanish-speaking crowd. In addition, being immersed in a city like Madrid helped me to practice speaking practically while getting around. I truly believe that my Spanish speaking confidence level has increased as well as my vocabulary and grammar usage.
I am so fortunate to have had this great opportunity during my education. I really made the most of my experiences and feel as though I will be better prepared for my Spanish studies at the graduate level in the future. I am very excited to continue my education with Bilingual Speech Therapy.
– Brianna Perdomo