Profile: Katrina Fischman

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Story and photo by: Rich Schneider, NewsNetNebraska

For Katrina Fischman, who was born in Nebraska and grew up in the state, a trip to Chile changed everything.

Early in her college career Fischman was intrigued by the way her Latin American teachers described their native countries. Soon after, the news editorial, political science and Spanish major was off to Chile to study abroad.

She fell in love with the culture and the people so much so that she ended up spending a year in Chile, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. She became immersed in the language and culture, studying, volunteering and even meeting a boyfriend.

“Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong culture,” she said. “I fell in love with it.”

After Fischman graduates in May, she wants to spend one more year abroad before she goes to law school to become an immigration lawyer. Her interactions in Latin America helped her realize she wants to help Spanish-speaking immigrants in the United States.

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