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Spanish Studies graduate Maria Beltran Carty is proud to to be an EKU graduate

Spanish Studies graduate Maria Beltran Carty

Hola my dear LSA family.

I am Maria Beltran Carty, and I want to share a little bit about what life has been like after receiving my degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish in 2020, just in time for Covid-19 precautions to make a big impact not only on graduation ceremonies, but on life in general. Even with the challenges the pandemic brought, I have still been able to put into practice all that EKU taught me through the years. 

EKU gave me the confidence and strength to better serve others during difficult times, as well as the knowledge and best practices that I can put into my teaching and encouragement of others to learn and not give up regardless of the circumstances. 

I have assisted students and teachers in two different counties in Kentucky and have served as a volunteer at several educational institutions. Thanks to the great programs in the department of languages at EKU, I have been able to volunteer in different positions related to my career while encouraging others to be a part of Eastern Kentucky University.

In 2020, I was hired as a paraeducator at Maxwell Elementary School in Lexington. With the pandemic firmly in place at the time, I was able to use the knowledge I gained at EKU to integrate virtual teaching and create interactive classes for young students. Also, thanks to my experiences with the EKU Department of Language and Culture, I am honored to say that I took with me many cultural aspects that I have been using to teach second through eighth graders at Christ the King Catholic School in Lexington, a full-time job which I started in the fall 2021 semester.

I am very happy and proud to say that I am an EKU graduate, and that I spent many hours at the department of language and culture. I learned something new every time I visited and found joy in being able to use that knowledge to help others. I am also very proud to be a part of the Covid generation because while the pandemic paused my dreams for a short period of time (as it did with many students) it made me stronger and more resilient to difficult circumstances. It taught me to not give up and fight back with kindness and knowledge.

I owe a massive debt of gratitude to all my professors and the department of language for always providing interesting and useful classes and methods of learning. I have taken with me not only the experience, but also the dedication, passion for teaching, and desire to encourage others not to give up that was imparted upon me. I put these things into practice in each of the lessons I create and teach in my classroom.


B.A. Spanish Studies
Spring 2020

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Published on December 01, 2021

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