My name is Adriana Salazar, I am 20 years old and I am a transfer student from Ecuador! I think is amazing that we can have this space for sharing opinions and experiences about what we are going through in our lives.
In this post I am going to share 10 things about me 🙂
- My home city is called Guayaquil. It is a great city, you will always find something to do and it one of the two biggest cities in Ecuador.
- I am bilingual girl. I went to a bilingual middle school and high school, so that is how I learned English. I have to admit that sometimes I struggle with some words and grammar issues.
- In my family we are 6. My parents, my two little brothers, and my dog; her name is Lu and she is a beagle.
- I want to major in Special Education and maybe minor in Speech Language Pathology. I enjoy interacting with kids and I am very interested in learning about children with special needs.
- I am part of Schoenstatt Catholic movement since I was a little girl. Being part of Shoenstatt has been a great way for me to involve God in my life.
- I love photography. I have never been in photography course, but I would really like to do one. I just take photos as a hobby. This year I decided to start an Instagram portfolio which is about my city, Guayaquil, the purpose of it is to let people know the different things you can found in the city. The account is called: life_in_guayaquil
- I did my first year of college in Ecuador and this year I transferred to Fontbonne. I am currently in my sophomore year.
- I choose Fontbonne University because I really like the Special Education program they offer here. I also like the fact that it is a small campus and I think St. Louis is a very nice city.
- I listen to different kind of music genres and I am always exploring new music. My favorite soundtrack right now is Fruta Vol. II by Caloncho. It is a mix of tropical beach music, very relaxing, and it is on spotify. If you are having a stressful situation, just listen to it.
- I would like to roadtrip South America once in my life.
I ended up at Fontbonne in December of 2013. Before that I had hopped, skipped, and jumped from school to school hoping to find the right place to settle and finally figure out what I wanted to do. Truman State University was my home for my freshman year and I wanted so desperately to return after financial hardships brought me home for the consecutive year and a half, but alas, I couldn’t. I knew that as I got back into the groove of a four year program, all of my friends would be leaving in a year. So I set out on the adventure that would lead me to where I wanted to be. I completed my associate’s degree at a local community college before I sat down and really thought about what I wanted to do. At Truman, I was in the pre-occupational therapy program, but I really hadn’t had exposure to the field. I was leaning towards a therapy job in general when I came across communication disorders and speech-language pathology. I didn’t know much about the field, but researched to find that the job outlook was surprisingly high and that it was flexible. I could work in a school, a hospital, a clinic, a nursing home, the works! I applied to Maryville’s Occupational Therapy program and Fontbonne’s SLP program because I couldn’t decide between the two. Both were close to home so I could work and save money while driving to school, and I was tired of being indecisive about what field I wanted to do and knew I was running out of time to pick a major. Then there was waiting. Finally, I received a message from Maryville saying that I needed to complete 25 hours shadowing an OT in order to be considered for admission. It was late in the summer so I had little time to do so before attending school that following semester. Then Fontbonne accepted me into their Speech Language Pathology program! No requirements whatsoever.
I wouldn’t say I chose Fontbonne because I was passionate about going here, but more so for the convenience and my being indecisive. The program chose me, and I absolutely love it!
I never thought I would be where I am today. I’m glad I have ended up at Fontbonne and I am thankful for every moment along the way. They say everything happens for a reason and I firmly believe that.
I have met many people here at Fontbonne in this past year but one person stands out to me: Professor Rebecca Foushee. I first met Becky when I was a prospective student last Spring. She accepted me with open arms and devised my one year plan for me within minutes. She was so engaged and gave me a great impression of what academics would be like at this small but fantastic university. Last Fall, I was in Environmental Psychology, one of Foushee’s favorite classes to teach. Due to her unique attitude and openness, I received a plant during that first week. I still water that plant and keep it in my dorm room where it has almost doubled in size. I take pride in that plant because I feel that it has grown throughout this past year, just as I have done. Foushee’s attitude toward class, students, her busy life at home or her adventurous side is an eye opener and is something I greatly appreciate.
College is different than high school. Since I am a transfer student, I already have some college experience. What is different for me is that this is my first time being in a completely different state than where I’m from. Saint Louis is still new to me and I’m still getting use to it. I like the feeling that I’m finally on my own. By the time I graduate from Fontbonne I feel that I won’t have too much of a hard time officially moving out of my parents house. Until then I’m enjoying my time at fontbonne and as a college student until I have to be in the real world.