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Scholarship Winners Heading to France

April 6, 2018

UTSA students Crystal Hernandez and Jonathan Riojas will have a little more spending money in their pockets when they visit France this summer.  Both were recipients of Modern Languages & Literatures Department academic scholarships.


Hernandez and Riojas are both modern language studies majors and plan to study in France this summer with the department's faculty-led program headed up by Mde. Isabelle Hall, Lecturer 2 in French.  The students will spend five weeks studying the French language in Annecy, located in the French Alps, and an additional week exploring Paris and the surrounding areas. 


Last summer Hernandez was able to study abroad in Costa Rica, which she remembers as a mind opening experience.  "Being raised in a Mexican household, I didn't realize that there is more to Latin America," she said, "...I truly feel that I now know more of myself." 


After UTSA, Hernandez plans to go to graduate school and study sociolinguistics.  She recently presented her research findings at the COLFA Undergraduate Research Conference, an impressive accomplishment for a young scholar.  "It is obvious to anyone who knows Crystal that she is very passionate about foreign languages and cultures," says Dr. Whitney Chappell, Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at UTSA.  


In addition to the French language, Riojas loves French literature and culture, which he plans to study in graduate school.  According to Mde. Hall, "Jonathan is very dedicated to his studies and has a passion for the Middle Ages."  She expects his trip to France to help soothe his thirst for knowledge as he visits medieval castles, churches, and libraries. 


Riojas is currently serving as the secretary of the UTSA French club and is described as reliablle, helpful, polite, and accomplished. "I have seen him help other students with their homework outside of class," Hall said.

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