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Grace Barrett, Spanish Major
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Grace Barrett.jpgI will be graduating in May with two degrees, one in physiology and one in Spanish. Through my four years here at MSU I have participated in three health-related clubs: Spartan Pre-Professional Club, Student Health Advisory Council, and Pre-Physician Assistant Club. I briefly participated in the Volunteer English Tutor Program, where I helped a graduate student from Colombia hone her English skills and broaden her vocabulary. This was a great experience because my background in Spanish allowed me to recognize some of the difficulties that she was having with English and gear each session towards working on those difficulties. Balancing a language with science has often times been a challenge; at the same time, I believe that it has helped make me a more well-rounded student. Having the background that I do in Spanish will give me a leg-up after graduation as well. I am planning on taking a gap year while I apply for Physician Assistant school. In that year, I plan on finishing up a few classes that are not specific to my major, working in a healthcare setting, and keeping up on my Spanish speaking skills. I have not yet figured out what I will do to continue my Spanish education, but there are many options. I will be moving back to Grand Rapids after May, which means that I will be in close proximity with my Spanish immersion elementary school, Ada Vista.