As a teeny tiny first semester sophomore I took a senior-level Spanish class with Dr. Ricardo Alonso. When I met him, I was taken immediately by his warm demeanor, his interest in my interests, and his enthusiasm for his students. "Profesor Alonso" as I came to call him encouraged me to come to Spain with him the next semester. Despite being nervous, I took him up on the offer! He and that trip changed my life immeasurably. Now, 15 years later, Profesor is still a big part of my life and someone I'd call "family." I am so thankful that he cared so much about his students, that he treated us like his family, and that he saw the strength in me that I didn't know I had!