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Student Spotlight: Yoselyn Mendiola

Spotlight student Joselyn Mendiola

Hometown:

Garland, Texas

Major:

Health Education & Promotion, Spanish

Expected Graduation Date:

December 2019

You currently volunteer at Wings of Hope Family Crisis Service. How did you become involved with the organization?

Last semester, one of my Spanish professors sent me an email about Wings of Hope looking for Spanish speaking students who can translate for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. I thought it would be a great way to use my bilingual skills and serve the Stillwater community. If anyone is interested in volunteering, we are always looking for more people. Just go to the Wings of Hope website to learn more: http://sdvsorg.powweb.com/.

Why do you think it’s important to know more than one language?

Learning another language is so important because it gives you the ability to communicate and relate to other people. It also gives you a new perspective and an open mind toward others and their differing circumstances.

What has being a translator taught you?

I’ve learned the importance of communication and the power of it. Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are dealing with so much hardship in their lives and not having someone who speaks their native language adds to that stress. If there is any chance to alleviate that stress, I’m more than willing to help! 

What are you plans following graduation?

I’d like to get my master’s degree in public health and go to medical school to become a physician. What the road looks like to get there is still unclear, but that’s the end goal.


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