Durgesh is a fourth year Linguistics and English major from Malaysia. She has been a part of Project SPELL since Fall 2015 and is glad to be helping others, particularly working adults, with learning English. Project SPELL has allowed her to observe the struggles of second language acquisition, which has inspired her to pursue this field as a career. Project SPELL has also given her the opportunity to understand that adult education is just as important as preparing young children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, dessert-hopping, and scrutinizing lyrics of Tamil songs.
Hannah is a fourth year transfer student who studies English Literature. She joined Project SPELL in the Fall of 2016 with the hopes of improving the lives of those who struggle with English so that they can feel comfortable in their everyday life. Growing up in a diverse area, Hannah has been surrounded by many different languages and has a deep appreciation for those who extend interest in cultures outside of their own. In her opinion, Project SPELL instills language confidence in those most deserving. She is incredibly grateful to volunteer for Project SPELL, and consequently to have established bonds with the UCLA staff. Ultimately, Hannah believes that this program allows everyone involved to better understand cultures outside of their own background and to not take for granted the community which forms everyone. After graduation she strives to be a ESL teacher abroad, and in her free time studies languages, plays video games with friends, reads novels and poetry, and checks her cat Instagram.
Carla is a third year double major in Spanish and Biology. Carla can relate to being an English learner as she was once one herself. She came to the United States when she was eight years old and has since developed a passion for maintaining her native language, Spanish, and working hard to make sure her parents’ sacrifice was worth it. She considers helping others with literacy and learning a true gift. She also works for BruinCorps, a work-study program that helps underprivileged elementary through high school students in the Los Angeles area see college as attainable. Both Project SPELL and BruinCorps allow Carla to give back to the communities she comes from and she sees both programs as invaluable to her education and growth.
Mirna is a third year Psychology major who has been volunteering with Project SPELL since the summer of 2016. She was recruited by a friend, and since then she has grown close to the Project SPELL family. Mirna strongly believes in the importance of education and giving back to her community. She has finally found a sense of belonging at UCLA while tutoring and helping her learners, Leticia, Gilda, and Margarita, improve their English speaking skills. Their desire and effort to learn English shows how valuable and necessary Project SPELL is. Here, Mirna has witnessed the strength of working people, and their struggle to improve. Her learners inspire her to continue giving back to her community. In her free time, Mirna loves drawing, coloring, listening to music, and dancing with Grupo Folklorico de UCLA.