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July 2017 - Paula Oldfather

A committed student with an infectiously positive attitude, Paula brings her joy for learning to every class she attends. She began studying Spanish at Tierra in a Beginner 1 course nearly four years ago after retiring as a pediatric nurse. Since then, she’s been dedicated to her studies, a tenacious fighter up to the challenge of any obstacle put in her path. Motivated by her love of travel, Paula’s put her Spanish skills to use making connections with locals on trips to Mexico, Chile, and Spain. Currently enrolled in two intensive courses (which translates to 4 class sessions per week), her devotion to building her Spanish abilities is inspiring. Kind and generous, she is highly regarded by all her classmates and helps create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are grateful to have Paula as part of our community and look forward to seeing her achieve her goals!

Name: Paula Oldfather
Occupation:  Retired Registered Nurse. I worked in Intensive Care for critically ill babies and children and did transport of these children by helicopter, airplane, and ambulance. I've been retired for 4 years and really enjoy my "new" life.
Time studying at Tierra:  On and off since 2013.

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"I am studying Spanish because my husband and I love to travel to Mexico and I think it is very helpful and respectful to know some of the language.  It certainly heightens the travel experience to be able to converse with local residents."

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

"My favorite part of the experience at Tierra has been all the wonderful and interesting people I've met.  The staff are all so pleasant and supportive, even when I doubt my ability to ever learn this language!  I've enjoyed my classmates as well, and really like the opportunities to get to know more about them.  Laura is such a great teacher and makes learning fun."

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

"I have been able to use what I have studied while traveling in Mexico, Chile, and Spain.  It helps with taxis, hotels and reading menus!  Also, I once had to be a patient in a hospital in Mexico.  My doctor spoke English, but the nurses did not so it was very helpful to have at least a limited ability to talk with them!"

¡Felicidades Paula!