Alan Flores (Computer Technician) is a junior Biochemistry and Pre-med major. He is from The Colony, Texas and speaks Spanish while currently studying Japanese as his 3rd language. As an A+ certified computer technician, he provides technological help and troubleshoots computer issues in the iMLC. Alan believes that languages are an integral part to the advancement of positive globalization and the enhancement of culture in our lives. He recommends that new foreign language students to listen to songs in the target language of a genre of music they enjoy.
Sophia Fulton (Design and Arbic Language Assistant) is a junior Business Fellow studying Finance, Economics and Arabic. She loves connecting culture and economics on a national, business, and human level. She believes that students should keep their eyes and hearts open to experience other cultures. She loves to participate in Arabic events on campus, and she looks forward to promoting these through the iMLC. Additionally, after working with startup companies in app, web, and graphic design, she loves using these skills at the iMLC.
Elisabeth George (Writer, Editor and Portuguese Language Assistant) is a senior Journalism major with an English minor. She has lived in Portugal, Morocco, and Germany. As a Portuguese Language Assistant, Elisabeth hopes to aid others in the appreciation of the language and become confident in their own language abilities. She believes that in our modern interconnected world learning new languages is important, and we should not be afraid to step outside of our cultural comfort-zone.
Edgar Gonzalez (Global Cultures Assistant) is a third-year student with an English Literature major. He has experience with various languages including Spanish, French, and Japanese. Edgar attributes his success as a student to his experience learning foreign languages. He hopes to spend his time at the Imlc helping students understand the benefits and lasting impact learning a new language has on them. Edgar plans to pursue a career in law once he graduates from Baylor.
Savannah Holmes (Spanish Language Assistant) is a junior International Business major. She grew up in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She is the Spanish Language Assistant and hopes to help students understand the importance of international awareness and experience.
Genevieve Lyeth (Italian and Latin Language Assistant) is a junior Latin major and Linguistics minor. She lived in Italy for four years and speaks Italian. Living overseas opened her eyes to languages and how closely they relate to culture. Her tip for students learning a new language is to watch movies they are familiar with in the target language they are learning. Since you already knows the storyline for these movies, watching them in a different language helps you learn more about that language without trying to figure out the movie plot.
Erin O'Connor is a second year Business Major. Her language of choice at Baylor is Spanish, but she also loves sign language. She hopes her time at the iMLC will help other students gain exposure to many languages and their cultures as well as discovering which language is best for them to study while at Baylor. Her tip for choosing a language: when speaking a language, close your eyes and imagine you are in a country that speaks that language...does it feel right? Then it's the one for you!
Jorge Ramirez is a Freshmen Pre-Med Biology major. He has lived in Mexico City, Mexico and speaks Spanish. He is currently learning Japanese. Jorge believes that learning new languages is key to expanding our mind and it is a tool to connect with other cultures. He hopes that at his time in the iMLC he can help people connect with others. When learning a new language he recommends spending an hour every day using the language, whether that be reading, listening, or speaking it; the more comfortable you are in a new language, the easier it’ll be to learn.
Alan “Alexei” Van Omen (Engineering Technician and Russian Language Assistant) is a third-year Electrical Engineering major with minors in both Russian and Mathematics. Alan enjoys studying Russian language and culture. As an engineering major, he also enjoys solving technical problems and working on computer software and hardware projects. Although language learning and engineering may appear to have little in common, they both require attention to detail and a methodical approach. Alan is excited to use both of these skills at the iMLC!
Afia Williams (German Language Assistant) is a fourth year Biology major with a minor in German. As a German Language Assistant, her job at the iMLC is to provide insight and help to students who are studying German or who plan to add German to their educational plans. Afia also believes in empowering instructors to use technology and innovative media in their language acquisition pedagogy. Her studies of language have made her agree with Federico Fellini’s observation: “A different language is a different vision of life.”
Sheree Zou (Chinese Language Coordinator) is not only a third-year Business major with interests in psychology and leadership; she is also our Chinese (Mandarin) language specialist! As part of her work in the iMLC, Sheree plans on using her language skills and cultural knowledge to inspire students studying Mandarin at Baylor. Sheree is especially excited to work with Professor Holly Shi to build the language program including the minor and the co-curricular activities. She plans on making it visible in the halls of Old Main, Draper, and beyond!