Excellence in Language Studies Award, Portugese
Student Name: Paola Valentina Correia
Major(s): Political Science and Spanish & Portuguese
Bio: Paola Correia is a junior at Emory College double-majoring in Political Science and Spanish & Portuguese. Her interest in the Lusophone world emerged from studying the process of Luso-African colonization and decolonization in the Portuguese program. Wishing to further pursue these topics and perfect her fluency in Portuguese, Paola studied abroad in Lisbon fall semester of 2016 through the Study in Portugal Network (SiPN). Her future honors thesis will investigate the active role of fiction in the formation of national identity in Angola and Portugal post-Angolan War of Independence.
Interested in public service, law and diplomacy, Paola interned with the Murphy for U.S. Senate campaign, managing online fundraising and translating campaign text to Spanish for the growing Latino community in Florida. This summer, Paola looks forward to partaking in constituent outreach and congressional committee meetings on Capitol Hill while interning with Representative Alcee Hastings, the ranking Democratic Member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
As Portuguese is considered a critical language by the U.S. Department of State, she hopes her linguistic and transcultural fluency will advance future diplomatic efforts. Next year, Paola plans to apply for a Fulbright scholarship to continue her research.