March 8, 2018
Promoting linguistically and culturally competent language services in community settings has been a dream of mine for many years. This dream was forged thorough years of work as a Spanish medical interpreter at the University of Michigan Health System, and as a community advocate for the Spanish-speaking immigrant community in Washtenaw County. These experiences inspired me to pursue a doctoral degree at the School of Public Health. Although working toward this degree has been a privilege, it does have its downsides. I found that following my dream was replaced by heavy coursework, research projects, and academic manuscripts.