Jaqueline Ramírez is the new Teaching Assistant (TA) for Spanish classes.
Ramírez comes from Villa de Alvarez, Colima, a small city in Mexico. She has never lived away from her country. She decided to go abroad because of her future goals.
"I always wanted to be an English teacher but after this experience I am considering the possibility to teach Spanish to foreign language students, too."
Missing spicy Mexican food
The biggest difficulty for her in the United States is missing the spicy Mexican food. She also misses some of the festivities and traditions.
Ramírez explains her favorite thing about American culture is, "the diversity."
"Americans respect others itself without matter of their likes, way of dress, and even features," she says. She has had an impressionable experience while traveling in the United States.
Spanish speakers everywhere in the U.S.
"Everywhere in the U.S. there are native Spanish speakers, not only from Mexico but also from other countries of South America. Now that I have had the opportunity to travel to New York and Boston I found many native Spanish speakers who are living here. And some of the advertisements are not just in English but also in Spanish."
Ramírez teaches Spanish classes from elementary to intermediate levels. She has a conversation class, which is a group study for Spanish class students. In this group, she checks the students’ pronunciation and talks about cultural things. She also leads Spanish Club, the Spanish Table and movie time. Ramírez is taking History, Structure of English Language and Educational Psychology classes.
She explains how Wilson College is different from her university at home.
"Wilson College has different things. Students have the freedom in many things such as deciding their courses each semester, living at the college which is a great experience that helps them to interact and make friendships with other people. They are involved in extra activities such as clubs and fellowships."
As she explained her experiences, she strongly recommends that others take a Spanish class next semester. Ramírez says, "It seems that Spanish is becoming a popular and useful language in the U.S.A. Study with me. Mucho gusto!"