Meet Lea Colchado, a first-year graduate student in the MARC program here at Texas State University. Lea applied to and joined the MARC program because it allows her to read and write about the subjects she feels passionate about: rhetorical approaches to Chicana feminist literature, women’s literature, and border studies. Lea is fascinated by research—finding out the answers to her questions and following the road where the research leads her. She knows that study in rhetoric will help her use language effectively to affect others. Lea's long-term goal is to earn a PhD, teaching others important topics in women’s and border studies, as well as contributing to Chicana women's voices and writing.
Currently, Lea is taking courses in autoethnography and women medieval writers and is enrolled in the practicum for Instructional Assistants (IA). As an IA, Lea works closely with Dr. Nancy Wilson, Director of Lower Division Studies. In addition to these many responsibilities, Lea is also a paid research assistant for Dr. Kitty Ledbetter, coordinator of the English department’s Diverse Teaching, Diverse Learning video series, and treasurer of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor's Society. In her free time, Lea spends several evenings a week as the choir director at her church.
How does she manage such a heavy workload? Lea says she "maintains a good work ethic, organizes her time and priorities with checklists, and takes one day at a time." Last, she tells us that she makes a point to "squeeze in personal time each day to minimize stress, whether it’s taking a nap, playing her clarinet, or grabbing a great barbacoa taco."