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Get to Know ELED Student, Melanie Sanchez!

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Hi! I'm Melanie Sanchez, a junior student studying Elementary Education with a minor in Dual Language Immersion. My primary focus is to teach Spanish in a Dual Immersion program, and I'm excited to help children reach their full potential while learning a new language.

I'm from Livermore, California. My parents are from Mexico, which is where I learned Spanish! Growing up, I had the privilege of moving around and attending various elementary schools. I enjoy cooking, baking, photography, and spending quality time with my friends and family.

I am the first generation of my family to attend a four-year university! With the support and love from my mother, I decided to attend BYU and continue my education here!

Attending a four-year college as a first-generation student felt scary as I did not know where to start with classes. As I have been at BYU for the last three years, I felt that I belonged. I'm grateful for the wonderful teachers and people at BYU that have made my four-year experience great!

I had the wonderful opportunity to serve a full-time mission in the Canada Montreal Mission. I was able to serve in three languages throughout my mission, including French, Spanish, and English! Quebec helped me become the person I am today. It has a special spot in my heart. Something that one of my mission companions once said, "This is ONE of the best moments of your life. Not the best moment of your life because you are yet to live more moments".

Whenever I am not at school or work, I am spending time with my friends! Being away from home can be hard but I have made memories with friends that are my best friends.

From a young age, I loved spending time around children which first sparked my interest in nursing. However, as I served my full-time mission in Canada, I fell in love with teaching. After taking a few classes at BYU, I loved the environment I felt in my classrooms and wanted to create those safe and fun environments for children.

Whether you are unsure about what you want to study or if you are interested in Elementary Education or the Dual Language Immersion Minor, meet with a student ambassador or your advisor to ask about it!

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