When I tell people that my major in college was Spanish, there are always the inevitable follow-up questions like, "Do you want to be a teacher?" and "What can you do with that major?" Most people are surprised when I respond, "I want to go to optometry school." Allow me to explain: My mother and her family immigrated to the United States from Italy years ago. Growing up with such a family made me realize how important it is to know more than one language, as it allows you to connect with a larger group of people. Since helping others regulate their sight is something I am very passionate about, I wanted to have a way of helping out as many people as possible. As Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, I figured this would be a great tool for accomplishing that goal. I decided to study Portuguese for similar reasons. With the amount of knowledge I have accumulated over the past eight years studying these languages and earning both a BA in Hispanic Languages and Literature and a Related Area Certificate in Portuguese at the University of Pittsburgh, I believe that I am more than capable of showing others how to succeed with them. I love working with others, and I can't wait to show people what learning a foreign language has to offer and the doors it can open.
As I recently graduated in the spring of 2016, I am relatively new to tutoring with Spanish, other than the online tutoring I have done with Chegg and TutorMe for a short period of time. However, in high school I tutored in other subjects with National Honors Society for a year.
In addition to Spanish and Portuguese, I am also very enthusiastic when it comes to music. I have been playing the guitar for nine years, and I have played various percussion instruments throughout high school in symphony, marching, and jazz band. I like all kinds of music, but I particularly enjoy rock and metal. I try to go to as many concerts as possible when I have the time. I am a huge hockey fan as well; my favorite teams are the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, and Nashville Predators. However, since I am from Pittsburgh, the Penguins are first and foremost when comes down to them verses any other team.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - Bachelors, Hispanic Languages and Literature
Playing guitar, reading, watching hockey, playing soccer