I remember reading Cry My Beloved Country and The Heart of Redness for one of my college assignments. The books were powerful and compelling, but I learned much more about South Africa during my brief time living there. First-hand stories, images, and food brought a richness I couldn’t experience in any book. I enjoyed the books, but I wouldn’t trade my time in South Africa for anything.
How do we learn? Albert Einstein once said, “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” Our professors impact our student’s intellectual, spiritual, and emotional growth, but class time is limited. Next year, Vanguard is taking the approach to learning in a whole new direction.
Students who are choosing a minor in Spanish have a fantastic opportunity next year – and it will take place in their dorm room. Students who are accepted can get practicum credit by choosing to live in a Spanish Immersion quad. Students will not be required to speak Spanish constantly, but a professor will share weekly meals with these students, and well as other opportunities. This allows a great experience for students wishing to develop a broader cultural perspective, engage in local and global outreach, and market themselves in the workplace. All levels of proficiency are welcome to this new Spanish immersion floor.
Vanguard realizes much of our learning happens out of the classroom. This new relationship brings together faculty, student life, and the Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership. I am thankful for this opportunity, but I wish we had that when I was in school.
Director of Alumni Relations
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