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October 2016 - Laura Graser

With great focus and commitment, Laura has built up her Spanish skills and taken advantage of every opportunity to delve into cultural learning in her two years studying at Tierra. A lawyer by profession, her desire to best serve and understand her Spanish-speaking clients was one impetus for her to pursue a higher level of proficiency in Spanish. Also inspired by her fondness of travel and eagerness to have authentic exchanges with locals, in her most recent adventure abroad this summer she spent several weeks studying Spanish in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. A highly motivated student with a quenchless appetite for reading in Spanish, she has no fear of the limits of her own understanding and pushes towards ever-deeper comprehension. We're thankful to have Laura as part of our community at Tierra, and look forward to seeing where her quest for fluency takes her!

Name: Laura Graser                      
Occupation: Lawyer (appellate law, criminal and domestic relations)
Time Studying at Tierra: Since summer 2014

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"To use it!  Here, in Mexico, and around the world."

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

"Learning things about Mexico that I never could have learned about using English."

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

"Touring Monte Alban (in Oaxaca) with a group of Mexican tourists; a very different experience than being with gringos."

¡Felicidades Laura!