There are a couple of scholarships & assistantships offered through the Graduate department at the Madrid campus of Saint Louis University. I wasn’t awarded the Loyola Scholarship, however I submitted the application for the Manresa Assistantship last night. This assistantship would be so amazing to have! Not only does it offer 85€/credit, but the positions I could potentially be placed into would be just fabulous! There are quite a few amazing avenues in this assistantship:
- English Writing Center
- Spanish Tutoring Center
- ESL Community Program
- Language Exchange Program
- Language & Literatures Division Research
- Academic Editing
I am specifically drawn to the Spanish Tutoring, Language Exchange and Language & Literature Division Research paths. Not only would it of course be great to have this financial support for my graduate studies, but I’d love to work in one of these divisions. These are avocations that I am already enthralled with and, I think, I do well. I’d love to work inside of the University, in these departments and get to help coach, guide, and support other students’ endeavors with their quest of foreign language acquisition and global knowledge.
Of course since I am not enrolling until January of 2015, and this application isn’t due until Sept 1st, I will have to wait and be patient to hear back about the status. I am always so eager, and perhaps in an annoying way to some. I always want to know everything, and do as much as I can.
As a future Spanish professor and someone who is completely passionate about learning and teaching Spanish, and advocating for learning other languages, researching about languages and so forth, I so terribly want one of these positions. I love my hours volunteering at the library for Practiquemos Español, and when I get the opportunity to meet one-on-one to practice Spanish I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to hear back! 🙂
There is this book which I’m completely obsessed with, The Story of Spanish. It covers the history of the Spanish language, since basically the beginning of time and continues with the history of the language alongside human history, of course, and it’s so fascinating. It’s full of etymology and connecting roots of Latin, Italian, Spanish, Basque, etc. I pick it up less often than I’d like, but I do grab a couple of interesting facts every so often. It’s interesting for learners of the Spanish language, linguists, and historians.
Currently on the Spanish reading shelf of half-read books are a collection of stories by Jorge Luis Borges and Once Minutos by Paulo Coelho. Next, I will attack a Gabriel García Marquez book. Not sure which one, any ideas?
Oh, cómo me encantaría hacer el camino de Santiago mientras estoy en España. Tengo tantos sueños de cosas quiero hacer y lograr durante mi tiempo en España. Si, por supuesto obtener el Máster es mi meta primera, pero no puedo ayudarme tener otras metas de cosas fascinantes ver, saber y aprender: visitar mi amiga Dori en Hungría y ir a Croacia y Grecia…