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Spring 2021 Spanish Tutors

Alison, Spanish Peer Tutor

¡Hola! I am a senior in the Honors College double majoring in psychology and Spanish with a concentration in Hispanic linguistics. I have been taking Spanish classes for 16 years and have always enjoyed learning all there is to know about Spanish. It can be a fun way to connect with others through culture and language! I also work part-time and have a research position in a lab here at UIC, so I have had to learn to manage my time well and I understand balancing multiple responsibilities. I hope that through tutoring I am able to help other UIC students while learning from them as well.

Alison  |  Spanish Peer tutor (she/her/hers)
Samie, Spanish Peer Tutor

I am a third-year Chemistry major, minoring in Spanish. On top of all of that, I am also a first-generation college student. I never intended to minor and Spanish, but I fell completely in love with the language once I started taking Spanish courses at UIC. I know that learning a new language can be very intimidating for many and I want to help students gain confidence by developing their Spanish skills. I’m very excited to share my knowledge with the UIC community and also meet new faces.

Samie  |  Spanish Peer Tutor

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Abdallah, Spanish Peer Tutor

¡Hola! I’m an Architecture major transfer student. I am from Brooklyn, New York, born and raised, but I am stuck in Atlanta, Georgia with family due to the pandemic. I started with Spanish 102 at UIC, but my interest in Spanish derived from learning about my family lineage. My father was born and lived some years in Panama City, Panamá, but if you didn’t know him, you’d never suspect him to be of Latino descent. My grandparents kept Spanish to a minimum in their household, so their children never picked it up. However, as a proud Panamanian learning of my family and culture, my siblings and I decided to pick up where my grandparents left off, and part of this mission is learning the language of the people to connect with more individuals/cultures and broaden our experience as individuals and as a family. I decided to tutor because I recognize teaching someone else helps the tutee and tutor. I look forward to working with Spanish students!

Abdallah  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Anye, Spanish Peer Tutor

“I started taking Spanish as a requirement and struggled with memorizing vocabulary, conjugating, and everything in between. Luckily, I had great instructors and was able to find resources to become more fluent and successful in Spanish. I decided that I wanted to help my peers who might face similar struggles.

Anye  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Asad, Spanish Peer Tutor

I am a senior here at UIC. I am a first-generation college student majoring in Neuroscience. As a commuter, I understand how rough the adjustment to college life can be, and I am still constantly re-adjusting myself to the demands of a rigorous course load. I began in the BLP myself, starting in Spanish 101. I never thought I would love learning Spanish, to the point where I am currently taking a grammar writing course to strengthen my Spanish acquisition skills. I am so lucky that I have had amazing instructors who truly care about each of their students in the language program and guide students in their educational journeys. I hope to do this as well, by being a tutoring resource for other students in their quest to receive a more rewarding and personalized education.

Asad  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Celeste, Spanish Peer Tutor

I am a teaching of Spanish major here at UIC. As a freshman, I was not sure what I wanted to major in. I took a foreign language class as a requirement for the college of LAS. I decided to pick Spanish to fill my requirement because it was a language they meant a lot to me. It was the language my parents practiced at home and the language I used to communicate with my community. As I went on with the semester I noticed I love learning about the language! I realized that there is so much to learn, and that practice only makes perfect. I hope to learn and practice more with you, in order to reach our end goals together!

Celeste  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Claudia, Spanish Tutor

“I am a first-generation college student. Although I am a Chicago native, I travel to Jalisco, Mexico very often, and it has become a large part of my Mexican-American identity. I currently work in sales and go to school full-time. Juggling work and academic life is a struggle but in my three years here at UIC, I have learned how to balance it all and study effectively. I hope to continue learning through my peers while serving my community here at UIC.

Claudia  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Daisy, Spanish Peer Tutor

Hello! I am a first-generation college student in my last year here at UIC, studying Spanish with a concentration in linguistics. I am a transfer student and I’ve been a commuter for the past 2 years. Growing up I struggled learning English as my second language, so I know what it is like to learn a new language. One tip: if you’re just starting to learn a new language it’s always a great idea to watch movies or TV shows with Spanish subtitles. As a peer tutor I’ll share my language experience and help you with any challenges you might be facing with Spanish.

Daisy  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Dylan, Spanish Peer Tutor

I am a sophomore studying Urban Education – Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. I am a member of the UIC Dance Team and am also employed at UIC Campus Recreation so I understand managing a full course load while having a busy schedule. I commuted my Freshman year, which allowed me to work on my own time management skills. I have been studying Spanish since middle school and the language has allowed me to connect to many different individuals as well as travel to Spanish speaking countries. I hope to work with other students to understand the importance of learning a language as well as how to successfully understand the language allowing them to be successful not only in school but life.

Dylan  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Elizabeth, Spanish Peer Tutor

I am a Criminal, Law, and Justice major. I have always enjoyed learning about different cultures. I love being bilingual because languages are each unique in their own ways. Becoming a Spanish peer tutor gives me a chance to share that passion with others. I know it can be confusing and would love to help others find comfort and fun while learning Spanish. I am a commuter and work outside of my UIC classes, and I know it can be a struggle to find time to study. I can share my own strategies with you.

Elizabeth  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Ella, Spanish Peer Tutor

“I’ve been studying Spanish for about 12 years now and absolutely love learning more about the language and the many cultures of its speakers. I am a Spanish minor with a focus in health professions. Growing up in a Filipino-American household, I know what it’s like to have to learn a completely new language that isn’t spoken in my family, so I can share all types of tips and tricks to pick up phrases and rules.”

Ella  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Isabelle, Spanish Peer Tutor

¡Hola! It’s nice to meet you! I’m a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish. I’m originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, but I now live in Pilsen (aka the neighborhood in Chicago where you will find the BEST food!) I absolutely love to learn languages and help others learn them too, so I am happy to be a Spanish tutor. I am not a native Spanish speaker and did not grow up speaking the language; rather, I started learning it a few years ago in high school. At UIC, I’ve taken 102-104, so I’ve been in your shoes before! I know how challenging it is to learn Spanish from square 1, but I am here to help you through it and am very excited to meet you! Spanish tutoring is online this semester, so please stop by!

Isabelle  |  Spanish Peer Tutor (she/her/hers)
Juan, Spanish Peer Tutor

I’m currently double majoring in Criminal Law and Justice (CLJ) and Spanish. As a native speaker, I’ve always felt confident in my Spanish. However, that completely changed when I was required to take it as a language requirement. It was through these Spanish classes that I learned that there was still so much to learn. As a peer tutor, I hope to share my experience and also learn a thing or two from other students.

Juan  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Kelly, Spanish Peer Tutor

¡Hola! I’m a junior and first-generation student. I’m currently pursuing a dual major in Psychology and Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Linguistics, and I’m also minoring in Art. I lived in Mexico for the majority of my life, and Spanish has always had a special place in my heart. I learned English for the first time as an adult, so I know how stressful a new language can be at times—and I have learned lots of tips on how to make this learning more exciting, and less worrying! I am optimistic this semester will be great and I hope that I can help other students in their journey to a new language!

Kelly  |  Spanish Peer Tutor (she/her/hers)
Lainey, Spanish Peer Tutor

Hello! I am a Spanish major with an Italian minor. I am in my second year at UIC, and I am currently living at home away from the Chicago area due to the pandemic. I am the first person in my family to attend college, so I understand it can be difficult trying to figure things out on your own. I began taking Spanish in elementary school and have continued my studies through the present. I have always been interested in the Spanish language, and in languages in general. I started in Spanish 102 at UIC and have a good idea about how the courses work and how to navigate them. However, I understand that new languages do not come easily to everyone, so I hope that by participating in peer tutoring, I can brush up on my own language skills as well as help you to expand yours! I have attended tutoring before myself and I want to provide a friendly face for other students who are looking for a different perspective on their coursework than what might be provided in the classroom. I look forward to seeing you in an online session!

Lainey  |  Spanish Peer Tutor (she/they)
Lorena, Spanish Peer Tutor

“I’m a double major in Spanish and Latin American Studies. My goal is to become a teacher, so I’m looking forward to sharing what I know and my experience with languages with other UIC students.

Lorena  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Lucia, Spanish Peer Tutor

“I am a first-generation college student majoring in Teaching of Spanish with a minor in Public Policy. I am looking forward to starting my career as a Spanish teacher in the near future! Spanish is my first language and I learned English as a second language. Learning a second language can be difficult. I found that learning a new language can be easier when there is a group of people helping you and supporting you throughout the process. As a Spanish tutor, I hope to help others with the challenges they may encounter while learning a second language.”

Lucia  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Magdiel, Spanish Peer Tutor

I am a double major in Spanish and Psychology. I’m bilingual in English and Spanish, and also studied French in high school.”

Magdiel  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Maria, Spanish Peer Tutor

I am a first-generation college student majoring in Criminology, Law, and Justice and minoring in Spanish. Spanish is my first language and when I first got to UIC it was hard to continue speaking Spanish fluently at home when I had most of my classes in English. Peer tutoring and Spanish classes allow me to continue to learn more about my own language and to help other students by sharing ideas and tips helpful when speaking and learning Spanish.

Maria  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Mayra, Spanish Peer Tutor

Hello! I am a fourth-year student at UIC pursuing a double minor in Spanish and History. Growing up in a Spanish-speaking household, I learned how to read and write in English in school, so I know what it’s like to learn a language! My career goal is to use the knowledge and expertise I’m now gathering as a student to help create resources for underserved communities. This includes breaking the language barrier that many students and families face in America, limiting them access to many opportunities. Here at UIC, I aspire to become a source of support by supporting students to achieve academic success. I’m starting by becoming a Spanish peer tutor at UIC and sharing different study tools that have helped me do well in language classes.

Mayra  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Megan, Spanish Peer Tutor

“I speak English and Spanish and I’m the first person in my family to attend college. I’ve been learning Spanish since pre-kindergarten. I want to continue Spanish and someday master it, since I’ve been learning it my whole life. I am currently taking a lot of classes along the lines of ethnic studies classes, psychology, and literature because I’m trying to find out what I want to do in life. As a peer tutor, I hope to help out students who are studying Spanish.”

Megan  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Valeria, Spanish Peer Tutor

I am a Teaching of Spanish major and speak Spanish fluently as it is my first language. It wasn’t until I started taking Spanish classes at High School that I found out that I was interested in learning more about my own language and helping others. I realized that when it comes to a language, you never stop learning.”

Valeria  |  Spanish Peer Tutor
Yaneli, Spanish Peer Tutor

Hello! This is my third year at UIC: my major is Integrated Health Studies and I’m also minoring in Spanish. I work about 25 hours a week at my family’s business and hope to become a Physician’s Assistant. I grew up speaking and learning English and Spanish both at home and at school. I do however feel more confident in English, and understand that another language such as Spanish can be difficult at times. I often ask my family members or friends for help, it’s definitely a learning process! But it allows me to grow and learn, as I’d hope to do with others. I’ve always enjoyed knowing two languages, because it allows me to talk and connect with more people, help others, expand my mind and appreciate life more. Helping my other students understand and appreciate the Spanish language is a goal of mine because knowing languages gives opportunity, knowledge, and even consciousness.

Yaneli  |  Spanish Peer Tutor