Linguistics and Spanish
Lizzy is currently studying Linguistics and Spanish at ISU with a special focus on Teaching English as a Second Language. According to Lizzy, her experience in the Spanish program at Iowa State has been incredible! Her favorite classes and some of the best professors she’s had have been in Spanish. As part of her program of studies, Lizzy spent a semester abroad in Cáceres, Spain, where she had the opportunity to tutor two Spaniards. This is what inspired her love for teaching the English language. As one of her Professors states, “Lizzy is well-prepared, participates earnestly in all activities, and is a standout. In small group work, she emerges as a leader; when discussing complex topics aloud, I can always count on her to provide valuable and timely input. Moreover, other students respect her answers and appreciate her insights, suggesting to me that they see Lizzy as an excellent cohort for classroom activities. She has an alert, probing mind and a sense of curiosity that ultimately will lead her to question and reason; a mind that does not accept everything at face value.” Another professor states: “I’ve had the pleasure of having Lizzy in one of my classes, Spanish 354 (Introduction to Spanish-English Interpretation) and must say I saw outstanding motivation and hard work on her part. Her interpretation skills improved tremendously and while successfully completing my class, Lizzy served as an interpreter during parent-teacher conferences for the Des Moines School District; a job that requires excellent bilingual skills as well as a certain level of maturity, dexterity, organizational skills, confidence, and professionalism.” Recently, Lizzy was awarded the Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship for the ISU on the Mediterranean – Summer in Valencia, Spain program for 2013. As stated by Lizzy herself: “This summer I plan to T.A. for the Summer on the Mediterranean program in Valencia and, if all goes well, I’ll marry a Spaniard and spend the rest of my life on the Valencia beach!” The Spanish faculty is very proud of her accomplishments and has given Mary Elizabeth Curran the award for Distinguished Achievement in Spanish.