Paige grew up in New Hampshire before she applied to and enrolled at Northeastern in order to pursue a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Arabic. She’s a longtime lover of languages and desired a program that would allow her to both immerse herself in the study of the Spanish language and expand her cultural experiences.
Here is her Northeastern story…
“Throughout high school, I had had an interest in languages and cultures outside my own. By studying languages, I knew that I could escape that homogeneity [of my hometown] and explore the world.”
“With the Spanish program, I would get the chance to travel and/or work in another country, while at the same time have the opportunity to examine at a deeper level what makes the cultures, histories and literature so very unique of these vastly different nations united by one language.”
CLTR 3715 “Violence and Human Rights in Latin America”
This emotionally challenging course gave Paige a chance to not only analyze violence that has occurred in Latin America, but also learn the names, faces, and stories of the people affected by those acts of violence. Paige took this course with Professor Daniel Noemi Voionmaa.
CLTR 1508 “Cuban History through Film”
This film course, taught by Professor Alan West-Durán, explored some of the most iconic Cuban films. With the class discussion came lessons in history and politics to assist students in contextualizing the films. This provided Paige with a unique perspective on Cuban history and culture.
Paige is a member of the Northeastern University History Association and through the organization, has given two presentations, one on transcendentalism and another on the Iranian Revolution.
She also uses her passion for history as a certified tour guide, providing historical walking tours of Salem, MA on the weekends. There is also a large Santería population in Salem, allowing Paige to combine her love of history with her interested in Cuban culture and spirituality.
The co-op program has enabled Paige to explore interests outside of her major. Her first co-op was with the Walden Woods Project, a conservation project near the famous Walden Pond, where she interned for the education director. With her interest in romanticism, Paige was excited about the opportunity. At the Walden Woods Project, she worked in outreach and assisted in developing a statewide celebration for the 200th birthday of H. D. Thoreau.
Her second co-operative experience in the spring of 2017 allowed her to further her communication skills and professional writing skills. Working at Wentworth university, in their corporate and foundation relations office, Paige tracked sponsors, partnerships, and assisted with and attended institutional advancement events.
Her final co-op took place in the spring of 2018, where she spent the semester in Havana, Cuba working for the Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre. Here, she translated documents, helped set up grants, and constructed a database for partners and contacts. Drawing on her other skills, she also gave visitor tours around the Fundación museum, which is one of the best maintained museums in Cuba. For her independent research project, Paige surveyed locals in Havana to study the connection between Santería (an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba beliefs and traditions, with some Roman Catholic elements) and how its practitioners view nature.
“Through the Spanish program, I have had a chance to go to Argentina and see the tallest waterfall in the Western Hemisphere, while at the same time stepping on the famous pampa of the gauchos. I was able to immerse myself in a new culture, one that I had only studied in books. I mostly studied Argentine history, culture and literature while there. By going to another country I was able to better my Spanish and my understanding of much of the history in South America.”
Paige studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the Fall 2016 semester. She was particularly interested in Argentina, with its balance of vast plains and bustling city life and its rich arts scene. Living in Buenos Aires allowed Paige to fully immerse herself in the language, culture, and history of Argentina. Since returning from Buenos Aires, Paige can be found around the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, conversing with her professors in Spanish, showing her expert understanding of the language.
“Through Northeastern I have had more opportunity than I have ever had before. I have traveled to other countries and I have spoken with people who were a part of history; to me these experiences are worth more than all the gold and diamonds in the world.”
Paige is in her last term at Northeastern and is set to graduate in May 2019. She is currently applying to graduate programs in Social Anthropology and Environmental Management and hopes to secure a Fulbright scholarship. Living in Cuba sparked her interest in studying religious communities and seeing how they can be more environmentally sustainable. She is also thinking of spending some time as an English teaching assistant in one of Argentina’s smaller provinces.
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