Former Students Using Their Degrees
Teresa Carbajal Ravet was an undergraduate student in the Department of Hispanic Studies back when it was the Department of Modern Languages from 1991 to 1994. She then stayed 2 more years for graduate degree, an M.A. granted in December 1996.
Her two TAMU degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language with a Minor in Latin American History, and a Master of Arts in Modern Languages, specializing in Spanish Linguistics & Literature.
Of the Spanish classes about which she has the best memories are four graduate courses that made a notable impression on her studies and thinking. All of them were special topics courses, and they included, Miguel de Cervantes, Gender and Decadence, Octavio Paz, and Applied Linguistics. These courses were made notable to Teresa because of the professors that taught them.
Study in the Department that particularly impacted Teresa’s life and professional preparation brought discovery in the study of Spanish linguistics and the development of the Spanish language as enjoyable and intriguing. She never dreamed that the study of a language, its structure, and development would be something that she wanted to do “when I grow up”. Studying Spanish linguistics was also mind-blowing to the 8-year-old immigrant child inside me that struggled to transition to the US culture and the English language from my native Mexico and Spanish language.
Teresa’s favorite memory or memories of her time in the Department is without a doubt people. She remembers the faculty, staff, and students of the Modern Languages Department were awesome people. For her, those personalities attracted to the Liberal Arts are some of the most empathetic, thoughtful, and talented individuals. So much more was learned than academic studies; life lessons and community was just as important and prioritized.
For that reason, Teresa would give a heartfelt shoutout to her cohort graduate class of 1996. As graduate teaching assistants, they shared a tight, southeast corner of office space on the 3rd floor of the Academic Building. The friendship and intellect of classmates challenged her perspectives, and their talent as educators influenced her teaching.
Did you do study abroad? Where? Most memorable experience(s)?
Unfortunately, I did not study abroad. In retrospect, I wish I’d tried harder to search out information and the financial support to make it possible. At the time, my priority and effort were to sustain my education and figure out how to pay for it.
After graduation, Teresa started her teaching career at several Texas universities, community colleges, and private high schools. In 2000, she launched a language and communication consultancy, Sententia Vera, LLC, that has grown into a co-working and community flex-space in Dripping Springs, Texas. The Sententia Vera Cultural Hub opened its doors in 2017. She is the owner of Sententia Vera, LLC, and Chief Culturist fostering bilingual communication and cultural community outreach & engagement in the areas of nonprofits, social and advocacy services, and public relations. In 2017, I launched the Sententia Vera Cultural Hub, a co-working shared community space fostering sociopreneurial and public service initiatives.
Teresa Carbajal Ravet is an active community leader, as a board trustee of several local nonprofits, currently serving on the boards of the Friends of the Dripping Springs Community Library and the League of Women Voters of Hays County. She currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband, Steve Ravet, Class ’91, and their five children, three cats, and two dogs. She has lived in Houston, Austin, and Pflugerville, as well as the Bay Area of California.