The new semester has begun, and we are featuring profiles of our multilingual and multi-talented student staff members.
Hola! I’m Marianelly Rios, a junior Psychology major born and raised in New York (Astoria, Queens). Fun fact #1: Each person on my mom’s side of the family is 100% Salvadorian while each person on my dad’s side of the family is 100% Colombian…I’m the only one from both sides that is just 50% each (I may or may not have realized that about two weeks ago). Fun fact #2: Out of all my family members, I’m also the first to be born in the United States and to receive an American liberal arts education.
I was raised speaking Spanish at home and started learning English when I entered school. In taking an Education course this semester that fulfills a college requirement, I’m able to look back on how big of an impact teachers have in aiding ESL students during class; I believe my family owes a lot to Mrs. Visconti for her caring methods as a bilingual kindergarten teacher. Fun fact #3: I began taking French classes through a scholarship program called Prep for Prep the summer before seventh grade and absolutely loved it! I continued in the language through high school and aimed to prefect my pronunciation in a French course last semester.
Aside from my affinity for languages, on campus I’m involved with Swing Club (meets at 5pm in the Multipurpose Room in Jaeger), Students for Life (meets in Breidenbaugh every other Monday at 6pm), Migrant Education Mentoring (Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:30pm in the Junction), and DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship (meets in Bowen Auditorium on Fridays at 7pm)! Fun fact #4: I’m also a PLA for all levels of Spanish so please email me (riosma02) if you need help studying or if you just want to practice your conversational skills!
In the future, I’d like to use my background in Spanish to help immigrant families feel more comfortable with English. Growing up in the United States has led me to see just how important language is when you’re surrounded by people who are from different countries and of different cultures.
Fun fact #5 (last one): My favorite meal in Servo is Chicken Bruschetta which is only served on the last Thursday of every month. A rare, yet delicious dish! See you around!