I’ve never been a great learner, but when I did, I quickly learned how to read and write.
The journey is pretty short.
What’s more, I was able to learn quickly because I was on a college campus.
This was in 2013.
The experience, however, did not prepare me for the challenges that lie ahead.
When I was in my first year at university, I found out I had a genetic disorder that meant I could not speak my native language, Catalan.
I found myself unable to learn anything.
I had to learn everything in Spanish.
My tutor was a Spanish speaker and she was very helpful and took me to the Spanish library and picked up everything I needed.
But the library was closed at that time and I couldn’t access it until the following year.
A year later, my mother called me from home.
She said, “You are not going to be able to read Spanish any more.
You are going to need a tutor.”
I was completely devastated.
I was trying to be as good as I could and she just told me, “No, you can’t.
You have to go to the university.”
She was right.
I couldn`t understand anything.
It took me a year to finally get over my frustration and to begin to understand what the university was offering me.
But I still struggled with learning.
The hardest part was still learning to speak.
For the first few months, I felt really bad because I couldn’t make a connection with the words I was learning.
I thought I could do it in Spanish but I couldn”t.
I could understand about 90 per cent of what she was saying but I could barely make a sound.
Eventually, I came to accept that the reason I couldn\’t speak was because I couldnt read.
I tried to read some books, but it just didn’t work.
I would read books in English and it would still be impossible to understand everything she was talking about.
After a few months of struggling, I decided to take up a new course in Catalan.
My tutor took me through a few hours of lessons and helped me learn to read, write and speak.
I eventually understood almost everything.
By then, I had decided to go back to university and finish the course I had taken before.
Once I finished my course, I continued my study at the university.
But I was also very determined to find a Spanish tutor to help me.
I contacted a couple of different tutors and they were all very helpful.
But none of them were able to speak Spanish.
They could speak English, but they could only make sounds and could barely understand what I was saying.
So I started to search online.
I found some Spanish tutors who could speak, but were not able to communicate their words.
And then I met a person who could, and he could speak and understand my Spanish.
He was an actor, and we became very good friends.
That person gave me my first Spanish teacher.
He took me for several weeks of lessons before I was ready to begin studying Spanish.
At that time, I would take Spanish lessons every week, but the person who taught me would also teach me everything I knew.
His Spanish was the best Spanish I had ever had.
And he was able, even at this early stage, to speak, read and understand everything I wanted to learn.
We started to build our friendship.
And when we were at the end of our course, he took me back to his house to have dinner with me and I saw the house was a replica of the one my mother and father had once lived in.
In 2015, I completed my degree in education.
I went back to the Catalan capital, Barcelona.
It was very nice.
It had so many things that I could have never imagined.
All of my classes were Spanish.
I learned a lot.
But in my final year, I struggled a lot because I had difficulty learning Spanish in English.
I didn’t want to go out to restaurants because I didn`t speak Spanish well.
And I was just constantly trying to figure out how to get around in English because I wasn’t very good at it.
Then I got to college.
I started learning English as a second language.
It is something that I can understand even now, but I struggle with it.
I don’t speak it well.
And in 2017, I finished all my degree requirements and went on to graduate in education with a Bachelor of Science in education from Barcelona.
To complete my master’s degree, I needed to complete a second year of studies in education at a university outside Spain.
I got the opportunity to do this.
Every year, Spanish is the language of choice for students in the U.S. In 2017, this was the case