When Maxcy Grasso’s parents emigrated to the United States from Cuba and Argentina, they decided to forgo their mother tongue and raise their children in English in an attempt to assimilate to American life. But over the years, Grasso, who will graduate from Northeastern this spring with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics, has slowly begun reconnecting with her Latin American roots through Spanish language classes, tango lessons, and soon, as an English teacher in Argentina through the U.S. Fulbright Student Program.
After graduating, Grasso will travel for the first time to her father’s homeland to teach and engage in educational community service projects from March 2023 through November 2023. “It’s always been a dream of mine to go to Argentina,” she says. “I have family there that I’ve never met, but once they heard the news, they reached out to me right away and said they were excited to meet me.”
Grasso was inspired to apply for the Fulbright grant, which covers all living expenses and travel costs to and from Argentina, after spending a month in Spain during a Dialogue of Civilizations study abroad program where took Spanish classes and taught English at an after-school program as part of a community service project.