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Floyd O., SPA Major

Floyd stands outside with his arm around a woman holding a folder and mug

I am currently working as an AmeriCorps Vista with a non-profit in Lexington called the South Eastern Medical Interpreters Association (SEMIA). AmeriCorps Vista is basically like the Peace Corps, but to combat domestic poverty. The goal of SEMIA is to provide accessible healthcare to immigrants and non-English speakers, as well as raising awareness for the rights of these individuals.

I graduated from EKU in Spring, 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish, and I couldn’t be happier with my college experience. The EKU department of languages really is like a big multilingual family. Thanks to the department, I was able to study an entire semester abroad in Puebla, Mexico. My time in Puebla was one of the most exciting experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to go back! Those in the department know that service is a huge component of the classes. The service hours I completed helped get me more involved in the Latino/Hispanic community, serving at Cardinal Valley Elementary with their immersion program and taking part in citizenship clinics. I have made some valuable friendships and connections thanks to my service hours.

I am so happy to be where I am today, and I know my future is looking brighter thanks to the stepping stones EKU’s Department of Foreign Languages, Culture, and Humanities laid for me.

~September 19, 2016

Published on September 26, 2016

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