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March 2022 - Faith Donnally

Since beginning to take classes at Tierra a year and a half ago, Faith has shown us her through-the-roof level of motivation with a perfect attendance record, creative and thoughtful responses to homework assignments, and always active participation in class. She has an analytical eye, frequently raising questions that help the class discover the subtleties of the Spanish structures they are studying. In her work at an ophthalmology clinic, she has the opportunity to greet Spanish-speaking patients in their native language and is eager to continue expanding her skills to be able to communicate with these patients on all matters. First motivated to learn Spanish by a desire to interact with locals while traveling, she is about to travel to Mexico, her first trip since becoming a Spanish student, and is excitedly preparing to use the skills she’s picked up. We are honored to count Faith among our Tierra community and look forward to continuing to see her work towards and achieve her dreams of fluency.


Name: Faith Donnally
Occupation: Revenue Cycle Specialist at an ophthalmology clinic
Time Studying at Tierra: 1 year and a half

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"It’s important to me to be able to speak Spanish to communicate with my neighbors and to travel. During a vacation in Mexico I realized that I could have a more vibrant and authentic experience by venturing outside the touristy areas and really experiencing the country, but I was unable to speak the language. At the same time, I really want to have a connection with the Spanish speaking patients in my clinic and in our community. Speaking Spanish allows me to feel part of a larger world and opens up the possibility of communicating and the opportunity to help more people."

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

"My favorite part of my experience at Tierra is interacting with my classmates. I feel really encouraged and inspired by them and it’s been fun to progress along together. My classmates’ enthusiasm for learning the language makes me excited for each class. It’s also really fun to learn about different cultural practices and Mexican history."

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

"I am thrilled that I’ve been able to speak some Spanish with patients who come to our clinic. I hope to help them feel welcome in an unfamiliar environment, and I look forward to being able to converse fluently. I’ve been able to listen to some Spanish language podcasts, too!"

¡Felicidades Faith!