Spotlight on Seniors: Brianna Mora | BCTV
Major in Global Studies Receives Student Engagement Scholarship for Spanish Tutoring
Brianna Mora, senior at Penn State Berks, put her passion for global studies, politics and the Spanish language to work. As a result, she recently received the award Penn State Distance Innovation Scholarship for Student Engagement in support of his efforts to teach other students in Spanish.
Mora graduated on May 8, 2021, with a double major in Global Studies (Berks) and Political Science (University Park), and a minor in Spanish (Berks).
She explains that being of mixed origin, including Ecuadorian, she grew up speaking Spanish and English at home. When the opportunity arose to give Spanish lessons to other students, she decided to do it for fun, even though she was not earning any credit hours.
Then she decided to apply for the Distance Innovation Grant. Mora worked with Donna Chambers, Student Engagement Grant Coach at Penn State Berks.
“The Remote Innovation Grant was an incredible opportunity,” Mora exclaims. “Their mission is to help students learn Why they do what they do. Even though I was teaching, I learned a lot. I highly recommend students to apply for the scholarship. “
Mora goes on to explain that the fellows were asked to write their personal mission statement, in order to find their “why”. Her statement read: “Sharing my knowledge and skills in language learning with others to help us nurture a generation of more diverse minds willing and committed to promoting cultural differences and their benefits.”
This is actually Mora’s second distance innovation grant; she received her first in her freshman year to support an internship with a local political candidate running for office. The fact that she speaks Spanish was helpful as the candidate campaigned in the city of Reading, where the population is 60% Latino.
This is just one of the multicultural experiences Mora had while at Penn State Berks. Her desire to pursue a career in law led her to intern at the UK Parliament in 2020. Mora has been assigned to Lisa Cameron, a Scottish National Party politician who has been the MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow since then. that she won the seat in the 2015 General Election.
While working for Cameron, Mora researched her constituency, worked on her campaign, and helped develop her website design. She also gave tours of the Houses of Parliament to the public.
In addition to her internship, Mora enrolled in four courses during her time abroad through International Student Education (IES) Abroad, a nonprofit provider of study abroad and internship programs for college and university students. During a course on the European Union, Mora had the opportunity to visit the European Commission in Brussels, where she met students from IES Freiberg to discuss the subject of Brexit. This experience gave him a unique perspective on Brexit from students from another EU country outside of the UK.
When asked how her internship affected her, Mora commented, “Before I left I was very nervous. I am very independent but I have never been alone in a foreign country. I gained a sense of confidence and a lot of knowledge. And now I know what I want to do.
Mora actually completed most of her classes at Berks in 2020 and spent her final year preparing for her political science degree at University Park.
“I would have stayed at Berks every four years without the political science degree,” comments Mora. “I have met a lot of people – teachers, friends, community members. I had the opportunity to study abroad and do internships, and the Spanish department at Berks helped me a lot.
What does the immediate future hold for Mora? After graduation, she plans to take a year off to save money and study for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) before applying to law schools. She is also studying the possibility of doing a summer internship in a law firm. Its ultimate goal is to work in the area of international human rights law with a focus on Europe.