Mi Amor y Mi Lucha

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you. (About 150 words)

While learning a new language is extremely difficult, its benefits outweigh the numerous hours that must be devoted to it. Throughout my high school career, a decent ability to converse in -broken- Spanish has been vital to my volunteerism.

Many of the patients that come to the clinic where I work solely speak Spanish. Even with my mediocre conversational skills in Spanish, I recognize the importance that lays within my ability to translate for the ophthalmologist and the patient to reach understanding.

“Necesita usar las gotas oftálmicas,” I nodded, reaffirming the statement as I returned my gaze to numerous patients throughout the day. I saw numerous men and women of varying accents and skin colors, illustrating to me how widespread the language is and how interesting the various dialects are. My limited knowledge of this language allowed me to connect with an entire group of people that I would not be able to otherwise.

There are no detriments about desiring to learn another language. With the United States’ vast Hispanic population, knowing the language will build bridges that can be used to connect to entire communities.

Overall, developing a fluency in Spanish will forever be an ongoing process for me. However, these work...

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