In an important step to provide access to its language programs, ASU is offering the B.A. in Spanish entirely online. Spoken in 21 countries with over 500 million speakers worldwide, Spanish is the second most studied language in the world.
For ASU alumna Elizabeth Acosta-Cadena, having been born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, she was already familiar with Spanish and its value. Though her journey to ASU would not be easy or typical.
She immigrated to the United States at age 14 and settled with her family in Tucson, Arizona. Upon graduating from high school, she wanted to get a college degree and spent three semesters at a local community college before shifting focus to being a full-time mom to her newborn son. When her second child turned two, she decided to return to school. She enrolled at the University of Arizona and, after three semesters, she moved to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University.
Acosta-Cadena didn’t take transferring lightly, but says she “fell in love with the university and its professors,” especially those in the Spanish Department. “ASU Spanish professors are such passionate teachers that, after taking my very first literature class, I immediately declared Spanish literature as my major,” she says.
Acosta-Cadena has set her own sights on becoming a Spanish literature professor. “Transferring to ASU has been one of the best decisions I ever made,” she says. “I consider myself so fortunate because I have had the opportunity to be mentored by such wonderful professors who are so passionate about the subject matter and were always willing to support me and help me develop. Furthermore, they are wonderful people who want their students to succeed. Every one of my Spanish professors has helped me either personally or professionally.”
For the 31-year old Acosta-Cadena, completing her degree came with great satisfaction. “I cannot express how fortunate I feel to be an ASU alumna and especially a graduate student of the ASU Spanish program,” she says. “Even more so I am extremely proud to be a Sun Devil.”