Carla Suarez Soto is a second year student working towards a B.A. in Linguistics with an emphasis in Chinese and a minor in Italian. Having grown up speaking Spanish and English, she always had an itch to explore new languages and explore different cultures. At UCSB, she took advantage of the opportunity to do so. Currently, she is the community service chair for a UCSB organization called La Escuelita, which focuses on providing tutoring for children in Isla Vista as well as giving back to the community. During her time at UCSB she has had the opportunity to interpret at local elementary schools for parent teacher conferences. As well as worked closely with faculty on projects to translate children’s books and an app. Carla’s enjoyment of language learning and her desire to provide bilingual help for Spanish speaking communities has shaped her interest in teaching, translation, and interpretation. While at UCSB, Carla hopes to have the opportunity to Study abroad, and after graduating she is interested in pursuing a Masters of Interpretation and Translation.