March 19, 2011

LA Times Profiles Multicultural Freshman

The LA Times profiled Margarita Lopez '14 yesterday about how she brings diversity to Vassar. Here is an excerpt:

"Speaking Spanish took her back to sixth-grade remedial English, when she was given books to read 'with just four words in them.' She remembered being made to feel dumb. 'I was mad at being bilingual,' she told me.

Of course, she was wrong to think that way. She sees that now, as a 19-year-old freshman at Vassar College in New York's Hudson Valley. Her roommates and friends sometimes hear her speaking Spanish — on the phone to her mother back in L.A., for example.

'That's so cool!' they say. 'You're so lucky you can speak two languages!' 'I wish I'd grown up bilingual!'"

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