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Students of Spanish 390 Traveled to Lima and Cusco
During Spring Break 2012

The students of Spanish 390: Hispanic Literature Seminar, taught by Beatriz Carolina Peña, Ph.D., traveled to Peru during the 2012 spring break.

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Xavier D’Anfrasio, Kastalia Genao, Claudia Gerardi, Sara Lewis, Ana Marte-Rosario, Yamilka Martínez, Nanci Perdomo, Yesenia Pérez y Angela Perrone visited Lima and Cusco.

The comments of Xavier D’Anfrasio are eloquent enough about the significance of this experience for the students who had the opportunity to go on the trip:

This voyage that was sprouted by the mind of Profesora Peña and was supported by all of you has been one of my greatest memories of Queens College.  I wish all of you who had worked on this project could have experienced it with me and my classmates.  This voyage was extremely useful in developing a greater understanding of the course material, visiting the places I have read about gave life to these sites.  It made the history and people jump from the pages and into not only my mind but my being. Queens College has been such a blessing to me and I am overwhelmed with pride to know that there are people here who take the educational experiences of others seriously, this is one of the reasons I became a Hispanic Literature major.  To be able to sit in the classroom with inspiring professors fill me with hope and fire that one day I too will inspire students to elevate their education as they have done for me. Thank you to the professors and staff for standing by the interest and well being of students and pushing against conformity by breaking norms of not only education but of interaction as well. This trip helped me to experience a rich ancient culture first hand, with its beautiful people and traditions. Everyone, every place and everything that occurred on this great voyage was to solidify my desire to study Hispanic Literature, to become an educator and to merely continue learning about how to better this world that we share.

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