Pitzer Spotlights

Michelle Swanson Lightfoot ‘06, Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Spain

Michelle Swanson Lightfoot '06 will be going to Spain as a Fulbright Scholar.

Multilingual Michelle Swanson Lightfoot ’06 has acquired fluency in Spanish as a second language and Nepali as a third. This has taught her the requisites and rewards of language acquisition that she will employ as a Fulbright scholar to Spain. Swanson Lightfoot explains, “More than just learning new vocabulary, language acquisition taught me new ways to express myself, opened my mind and influenced my interpretations as I discovered new ways to understand and be understood.”

Swanson Lightfoot completed an internship in Loma Fria, Nicaragua where she worked on a women’s coffee cooperative simultaneously leading and/or co-teaching Spanish grammar and math to several women from the community.

Swanson Lightfoot faced new challenges while working for Pitzer’s Center for California Cultural and Social Issues (CCCSI). She worked on the Prison Literacy Program, another non-traditional teaching environment.

Swanson Lightfoot participated in the Pitzer in Darjeeling program. She also studied abroad in Costa Rica.

—Susan Andrews