I am 100% a Spanish Nerd. Like a put-my-phone in Spanish, watch movies with Spanish subtitles, self-checkout in Spanish in grocery stores, nerd. When I think back, I don’t really know when my love for the language started…Maybe it was when we performed absurd plays in Middle School Spanish Class or the day that I first heard the One Semester of Spanish Love Song (beautiful music). Maybe it was when I met Mrs. Ashman—one of the best teachers I’ve ever had—in ninth grade Spanish or when I was given the opportunity to volunteer at a Spanish Immersion Summer camp. Maybe I was just in the middle before I knew it began (Pride and Prejudice reference anyone? No? Eep too far?)
So I can’t put my finger on it, but when it was time to fill out college applications there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a Spanish major. I proudly checked it on all the applications and explained in my essays that there’s something so profound to learning a language. It’s a window to a new culture and new perspective. Language is such an important method of communication and to share it with someone is to share experiences and find new ways to connect with people. I basically couldn’t imagine not studying Spanish for the rest of my life.
When I came to SOHOP (which is coming up, prospective students read about it here!) I had the opportunity to talk to a Spanish professor, and I still remember the conversation we had. I left his office thrilled that the university had such amazing language programs that I would get to be a part of. It was also here that I learned I could couple two of my interests—Spanish and Neuroscience! Taking Spanish classes this year has been a wonderful experience—I was able to start in the Advanced Level (after taking a placement test that all students are required to take for Math and Language), and I’ve loved my professors and the way that the classes work. It’s been different from high school, but they’ve definitely proven to me that I chose the right track.
Last Thursday I went to my Spring Advising Appointment to discuss fall schedules and majors. I was extremely excited to walk in and tell Ms. Bruffet (my advisor) that I was ready to declare Spanish as my primary major and Neuroscience as my secondary major (which you declare fall of your sophomore year). This summer I will get matched up with an Advisor in the Spanish department and I will get to plan out my future classes with his/her help, which will hopefully involve studying abroad (!!!).
So now, I’m an OFFICIAL Spanish nerd and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been telling everyone I know, which might be annoying but I can’t help it… I want to shout it from the rooftops! A lot of people don’t know what they want to major in or do for the rest of their lives at this point, and that’s totally fine. You aren’t required to declare a major until later in your Hopkins career, so you have plenty of time to figure it out! I don’t know what comes after these four years, but right now I’m perfectly content simply being a Spanish and Neuroscience student, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.