My love for language and language acquisition began while I lived in Argentina for two years as a service volunteer. After returning to the United States, I studied Spanish and linguistics for my undergraduate degree. Deciding to further my education and training, I pursued a Master's degree in Hispanic linguistics, which I received in June 2012. My master’s thesis centered on the acquisition of Spanish phonology by native speakers of English. My research interests include the external factors on language acquisition. Specifically, I am interested in how cultural awareness, attitude, and acceptance can affect second language acquisition. I have presented my research in second language phonology acquisition at various academic conferences including the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL).