Contact & Location

Moscow

Department of
Modern Languages & Cultures

Physical Address:
Administration Building 302
PHONE: (208) 885-6179
FAX: (208) 885-5221
E-MAIL: modlang@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of
Modern Languages & Cultures
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Marco Mendoza

Marco MendozaThere can be a lot to say about one’s life and experiences and we show them in different ways. My name is Marco Mendoza and I am a senior at the University of Idaho and it has truly been an experience that has affected my life.  

I came here three years ago planning on graduating with an English and Broadcasting degree and now I find myself double majoring in Secondary Education and Spanish with a double minor in English as a second language and writing. The changes that I went through can be typical like any other student but what really changed me was living in Spain for five months. It was truly an experience that doesn't have sufficient words to express. 

I am a second generation Mexican-American and very proud to be a part of two cultures. Being the oldest son has lead me to a lot of responsibility in my life but it has given me the will power to be the first in my family to graduate from high school and that will graduate from college. What really impacted me in Spain was the opportunity I had to teach English to kids. It seemed to come naturally to me and the professors I worked with were impressed and shocked that I wasn't pursing to become an educator. 

Coming back to the states was very difficult but returning to the University of Idaho was a gift. Although being in my broadcasting classes made me realize that it wasn't my passion anymore and becoming a teacher was. I want to be able to inspire other students and help them find their dreams just like so many instructors have leaded me to mine. 

The youth is our future just like I am now; there is still a lot to learn and to experience. Knowing two languages has been a struggle for me growing up and I still have some issues with both languages and I hope to improve my writing and better understand the workings of both languages.