“Going into situations where anything could happen, it pushes me and my boundaries are definitely stretched.”
UALR Senior Kayleigh Richards, a Spanish major who recently immersed herself in Spain during a study abroad trip, wants to eventually take what she has learned and use it to serve others.
As someone who minors in nonprofit leadership studies, Richard said she has been able to study the way those organizations work in great detail and knows what a difference they can make in people’s lives.
“Working abroad with a non-profit organization or as missionary go hand in hand,” she says. “There’s a huge need for people to come and teach English in certain areas.”
Richards said she hopes to take her UALR education to the next level and help provide children and their families a better future.
“I am hoping to go abroad and work in Spanish speaking countries as a missionary or work with non-profit organizations,” she said.
She admits that at one time she wasn’t even sure what she wanted to do with a degree in Spanish or where her life was going, but one thing Richards knew for certain was that she had fallen in love with the language.
And even though it was a little intimidating going abroad for the first time, Richards said it contributed to her growth as a college student and as a person.
“I had no idea what the outcome would be and so, going into situations where anything could happen, it pushes me and my boundaries are definitely stretched,” she said.