Genesse Villalta '15
The Spanish language and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese have given me a home. While I was quick to shun my culture and my language, my culture and my language have never shunned me. I have never felt more welcomed than on my trips with USC to Honduras and Madrid. As a Spanish-speaker, I have had numerous doors open to travel, assimilate with cultures, and listen to stories and life-experiences of others. It is with pride that I will graduate with dual degrees in Spanish and Neuroscience from USC. I plan to hold both of these degrees high in my career as a physician assistant in the communication and health services for those who desperately need it. Above all, my Spanish degree will always help me remember who I am, where I come from, and my heritage as a Latin-American woman.
Genesse Villalta is one of the recipients for the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Service Award conferred by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.