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Student studies in Ecuador after winning scholarship

By SHAY GORDON | Staff Writer
Senior Spanish major Nykkiesha Starr is one of three students in the history of APSU to be awarded the Sigma Delta Pi scholarship.

Sigma Delta Pi is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, an organization for Spanish majors and minors, devoted to promoting Hispanic awareness.

After writing an essay, submitting her transcript, providing multiple letters of recommendation from her instructors and filling out an application, Starr was chosen out of thousands of applicants to be awarded a scholarship that allowed her to choose to study Spanish abroad at one of the five Estudio Sampere Spanish Schools in Spain and Ecuador.

“When I found out that I won this scholarship, I was [in] complete disbelief. I initially thought it was mistake. I had to read my name like 10 times to actually believe it was not an accident,” Starr said.

Starr said she eventually wants to be a Spanish teacher, most likely after exploring the world more and perhaps teaching English in a Spanish-speaking country.

“I wanted to study abroad in order to see the world outside the United States and what it has to offer. I enjoy seeing how other people live and being able to take part in it. I do feel that it will help me in my future career, as it would help anyone in their future career,” Star said.

The Sigma Delta Pi scholarship gave Starr the opportunity to explore many different cities during her stay in Ecuador.

“It is an absolutely beautiful country that often goes overlooked, but it truly has a lot to offer,” Starr said.

Starr also explained that winning the scholarship offered her the realization that dedication to her school work matters.

“This scholarship completely changed my life,” Starr said.

To those that feel Starr’s award for dedication to her academic career is a one in a million shot, Starr explained the opportunity to study abroad should be taken by all students who wish to travel.

“There is no reason that anyone cannot study abroad. I have done it three times now and I am definitely not rich. There are all kinds of resources out there, and it is most definitely worth the time and effort to find them,” Starr said. TAS

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