Congratulations to our Scholarships and Awards recipients for the 2021-22 Academic Year:
Studying Spanish at HSU as someone who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household made me realize that there is so much more about the Spanish language than I knew. Majoring in Spanish has allowed me to expand my vocabulary and enhance my oral and writing skills. As a DACA-recipient being part of the World Languages department gave me the option to study abroad. Although my plans to study abroad in Spain didn't go as planned, I have decided to continue my education at HSU and pursue a teaching credential. I am also very passionate about social justice and therefore, I want to implement lesson plans that focus on social justice issues in my classroom. Before beginning my credential program I will continue to be an organizer for Centro del Pueblo, a local grassroots organization that empowers the voices of undocumented/indigenous immigrants from the south like myself. I am very excited to continue implementing the translation skills that I have learned from studying Spanish at HSU to help the immigrant community obtain resources that can often only be obtained in English.
I am very grateful for my time at Humboldt State as it has very much shaped my pursuits. Under the Environmental Studies department, I was able to focus my studies in the field of emergency response & natural disaster relief efforts. Ironic that after years of studying disasters that my final semester at HSU would conclude with a pandemic! After returning home to assist my family, I had the opportunity to obtain my EMT certification at UCLA! I was deterred as my study abroad program was initially canceled for fall 2020! A whole year later and I'm so very grateful to have the opportunity to study abroad.
When in Montevideo, Uruguay, I have arranged an internship to shadow under individuals from SEMA - Uruguay's national emergency response system. I hope to have the opportunity to intern with an on-site manager and learn the skill sets to handle the pressures of common ground relief. In addition to the internship, I will be taking spanish classes to improve my ability to communicate in emergency scenarios. I'm looking forward to participating in an avenue that allows me to learn & assist within the community gracious enough to host me. In regards to my career goals I hope to spend the next 5 to 8 years gaining experience in the field. Eventually that experience would qualify me to work as an Emergency response coordinator which for example would be making plans for hospitals or gas shut off plans for cities. I know in the future that my family would like to be close and will need some looking after, so this is also a career move that provides me with the funds to support them. I feel very grateful to have been awarded this scholarship, especially as they were all revoked last year! I hope to represent HSU & the World Languages and culture department with honor & grace!
Hello! My name is Danika McGeever and I am truly excited to be able to study abroad in South Korea at Yonsei University for a full year! It has been a dream of mine to study abroad for a long time, so it honestly does not feel real yet that this is actually happening. I am truly grateful that I have received this award since it will help me with my finances for this trip. My major is International Studies with a concentration in Global Cultural Studies. I hope that I can travel and live in many more countries in the future. I see this trip as a potential start in my future goals and career. With my major, my ultimate goal is to be able to get a career in which I can travel or live in other countries. So far I have looked into teaching English abroad, with South Korea being on of these countries, and maybe even working for the U.S. Department of State in Foreign Service. I do not know exactly what the future may hold for me, but through this trip I hope it can help me grow not just academically but personally as well. I am sure I will come back a different person than I am now, which I am truly excited for! I grew up in a smaller town and most people I know there have never left or moved out. I knew I could not stay there and while it can be scary to go to new places where you don’t know anyone, I think there is also something really exciting about that. Most people from my hometown will never be able to get an opportunity like this or may even be too scared to do something like this. In some way, I think this says a lot about my character and how ambitious I can be. No doubt I am a little nervous and partially scared about living in another country on my own, but the only way to grow and expand yourself is by taking risks and going through challenges.
For me, my education is extremely important to me. So far I have been able to maintain a 3.9 GPA and I am proud of that. Going abroad it will be challenging, but I think it is important to challenge yourself at times. I will have the opportunity to learn about a different culture, language and perspectives when I go abroad. I believe all of this will make me more of a critical thinker and more aware of my own culture, understandings and country. This is what I mean by expanding myself and my mind more. I cannot wait to experience all of this and so much more while abroad. This is truly an opportunity of a lifetime. I am sure I will not forget this trip and how much it will shape me.