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January 2018 - Tandra Schmidt

Tandra Schmidt


Naturally vivacious and seriously passionate about her Spanish studies, Tandra brings immense enthusiasm to any class she joins. A nurse practitioner who enjoys using her budding Spanish skills to get to know her Spanish-speaking patients, she is excited to expand her medical Spanish skills in Tierra’s Healthcare course this Winter Term. Also motivated by her love of travel, Tandra’s positive attitude and tenaciousness in her quest to achieve fluidity in Spanish are an inspiration. We look forward to continuing to hear her laugh and watch her Spanish skills bloom!


Name: Tandra Schmid
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner
Time Studying at Tierra: Over one year

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"I work with many Spanish-speaking patients and want to be able to communicate with them- not necessarily medically, but when I see them, I like to build rapport through conversation and getting to know someone, not their illness. I also enjoy traveling to Spanish-speaking countries."

2) What is your favorite part about your experience here at Tierra?

"I am a slow learner when it comes to language. I find the teachers to be patient and they offer creative ways to help me expand my learning by challenging me to use this part of my brain I don't use regularly. I also enjoy the games and interactions with many other students in a small setting. It's perfect for how I like to learn."

3) Can you tell us of a time you have been able to use what you have learned studying here?

"I use Spanish with some of my patients in a very basic way right now and am able to explain I am learning and they get excited and try to help me. It is nice, they teach me some things and during a medical visit, it removes a little of the vulnerability that many of us feel in a clinic. They feel like they have something to give in return and I get to hear their story and try to understand some words. I also study and practice speaking Spanish with a friend, Tatyana, who also takes classes at Tierra."

¡Felicidades Tandra!