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One of the recipients, senior Kali Ralston, talks about her plan to study abroad in Chile.

This spring, three language majors received the SLLC Study Abroad Award: Katherine Martin (Russian), Cecilia Mukira (Spanish), and Kali Ralston (Spanish).  Ralston is a Spanish Language and Literature and Economics double major who plans to use the $250 prize to travel to Santiago, Chile for 8 weeks.

“I think studying abroad will definitely make me more fluent because I will be living with a host family,” says Ralston. “It will also expose me to a new dialect so I am sure I will be challenged.”

Ralston started speaking Spanish in 7th grade and has since demonstrated a passionate commitment to the language.  She has been to Guatemala twice with a non-governmental organization, volunteering as a teacher for 4th and 5th grades, and has volunteered with a UMD campus organization for work-study that offers bilingual families literacy workshops.

In the future, Ralston hopes to work in economic development so she “anticipates [she] will use Spanish in some context in the future.”  For now, she excitedly awaits her South American adventure.


Stacia Odenwald ('16 French Language and Literature)
SLLC Public Relations and Media Intern


Date of Publication: 
Saturday, May 04, 2013