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Xylia Serafy

Why did you decide to become a language major?

I have always been interested in the Spanish language. As an American who has been so distanced from my European lineage, I have always craved a certain tie to a different culture; one that I could take on as my own. This desire for a sense of place is what ultimately led me to the Spanish language. I love the Spanish culture, and the language will always be my favorite of the Romance languages.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your language major so far?

I have two:

1. Working with the Ursinus Spanish faculty has been one of the greatest gifts of being a student at this school. I have never felt such genuine care and compassion directed towards me from my Spanish professors. They are absolutely wonderful.

2. Studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain absolutely changed my life. It gave me the confidence, courage, and excitement to take on new opportunities and to explore outside of my comfort zone. I am so lucky to have been able to go abroad, and I would love to do it a million times over!

What are your plans after Ursinus?

I will be heading to graduate school for Environmental Studies, and will hopefully be able to share my honors research on “Manatee Conservation in Mexico” with other groups that have been working on international outreach programs in areas including Mexico. I will definitely be returning to Spain at sometime in my future

Class Year



Spanish, Environmental Studies


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