What I enjoy the most about being an advisor is developing relationships with the students, being able to guide them through formative and, sometimes, difficult periods of their lives. Facilitating a deliberate and substantive exploration of a student's educational goals is one of the most rewarding aspects of this position.
My favorite place on campus is the Beal Botanical Garden because it brings back sweet memories of when my children were little, and I would bring them to campus for a walk. We would start at the Spartan Statue, walk around the gardens, follow the river trail, and end up at the MSU Dairy Store.
As a first-generation college student, my proudest accomplishment is completing a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics. My research focuses on the speech community I belong to in Spain, one that has been stigmatized for a long time. This has helped raise awareness and add value to such an important aspect of my community’s identity: the way we speak.
I completed a B.A. in English Studies at the University of Seville, Spain. During that time, I spent a year abroad in London, where I attended Thames Valley University, an enriching experience that changed my life! I then attended graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, where I enjoyed campus life in the U.S. for the first time.