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I received this question on my Instagram page in May while preparing for my month-long study abroad program in Spain. I needed to pause and reflect on how Spanish influences my personal growth and professional development.
Firstly, I want to recognize the privilege of learning a second language from a young age and traveling abroad to speak Spanish with native speakers. Although I am not fluent in Spanish, I am on the path to becoming bilingual. Throughout the past month, I gained independence in using Spanish in everyday contexts, from the market to the hospital.
This post reflects my Spanish language experience, my trip to Spain, and my budding identity of being "bilingual."
Meghan Hesterman (she/her) is a child advocate and education blogger. While a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), she created Journal of a Future Teacher to share her journey in becoming an early childhood teacher.