REflecting on the spanish immersion program
by sofía lestina
On the first day of Spanish Immersion, we learned songs such as “Cielito Lindo”,
“De Colores”, and “Soy una Pizza”. Those days were filled with smiles and laughs, although we didn’t understand how much Spanish would affect our future.
Over the years, Spanish Immersion has opened the door of possibilities and opportunities to each and every student. For example, our classmate Gwendolyn Mueller traveled to Nicaragua to be a translator for doctors in the program Center for Development in Central America with the Nueva Vida Health Clinic. Another student, Sophia Lestina, ventured to Bolivia to build a refuge for children.
Many of us are pursuing careers or education that furthers our Spanish abilities such as obtaining a major or a minor in Spanish in college, becoming a U.S. Ambassador, translating for the FBI, and so much more.
As we have debated topics such as poverty, government corruption, and drug trafficking, we have gained a global perspective. We truly believe that communication is key to bringing together people from around the world who come from different cultures, countries, and beliefs.
Although we look back on our childhood with nostalgia, we look forward to a brighter future.
We thank our teachers for guiding us through these years, and we especially thank our parents who thought to enroll us into the Spanish Immersion Program many years ago.