Mary Elizabeth (Lizzy) Curran is a 2013 graduate in Spanish and Linguistics, with a special focus on Teaching English as a Second Language. In May 2013 she was named a Distinguished Student in Spanish and was awarded the ISU on the Mediterranean Summer in Valencia Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship Scholarship. We have asked Lizzy to tell us about her career and use of Spanish language skills since her graduation.
“Since leaving Iowa State University in May 2013, life has continued to be an adventure! I was fortunate enough to be selected as a TA for the “ISU – Summer on the Mediterranean 2013″ program to work with Iowa State students and support our professors during an incredible summer in Valencia, Spain. I was once again able to visit the country that had sparked my love for the Spanish language and, this time, I had an amazing internship at an English language school which grew my desire to work with students. Because of the WLC scholarship I had received, I was able to cover expenses at home without having a paid internship or summer job. Upon returning to the United States in August, I began searching for a full time position that would keep my language skills alive and fulfill my love of international cultures. With the support and recommendations of my professors and mentors in the WLC and English departments, I am now the International Programs Advisor in the Office of International Programs at Creighton University. I want to thank the WLC department so much for their contribution; I could not have experienced any of these wonderful opportunities without them!”