Bold is better: Maria Jose Correa FP ’17

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She’s into community-based learning.

Name: Maria Jose Correa FP’17
Hometown: Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Wellesley, Massachusetts

Maria is a Frances Perkins Fellow who is majoring in Spanish with minors in education and Latin American studies. She also is earning a Five College certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino studies. She recently spent a Lynk-funded summer at Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park, where she taught English and completed an independent study that focused on digital storytelling of an indigenous community.

On campus, Maria is the Spanish Community Liaison and language assistant for the Spanish language floor, as well as a Community-Based Learning fellow. She volunteers in nearby Holyoke as an interpreter for special education meetings, teaches Spanish to educators at Holyoke High School, and collaborates with the Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative project.

Maria chose Mount Holyoke’s Frances Perkins program because, she says, “my whole life I’ve had to prove men that I was capable of doing the same things as them while maintaining my role as a woman. At Mount Holyoke, the only person I have to prove anything to is myself. Nobody here judges me for my appearance, my hair, or my nails. It is only my intellect that is judged every day.” In her free time, she likes to go to the gym at the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, watch movies, and drink mate with friends.

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