Catalina Silva first became interested in Spanish as a junior in high school when she took a Spanish class designed for native speakers. She had grown up learning the language and the class got her interested in learning more. When coming to Missouri State, Silva combined her interest in Spanish with her long-standing goal of becoming a teacher. She chose Spanish as her major and also received a teaching certificate. Silva says Missouri State was her first choice for college since it was close to home. During her time at Missouri State, Silva was involved in Spanish Club and Leading Education to Approach Latinos (L.E.A.L). She says she would have liked to be more involved on campus.
“Never give up and always dream, because dreams do come true if you work hard to achieve them. All the hard work and dedication will pay off.” — Catalina Silva
Some of Silva’s favorite memories from Missouri State are from her freshman year when she lived on campus. She enjoyed the experience and the people she was able to meet. Silva also enjoyed attending a study away trip during a summer semester, which she recommends every undergraduate experience at least once. One of the most valuable things Silva learned during college was to learn from her mistakes instead of avoiding them. She also used to be very shy and had a hard time speaking in front of others. After taking public speaking and several education courses that involved presentations, Silva now has no problem being in front of a classroom. She also says that the practicums she completed during school helped her get to where she is today. Since graduating, Silva has been working as a Spanish teacher at Mt. Vernon High School for three years. She plans to continue her education with a master’s degree in the future but doesn’t see herself doing anything besides teaching.