Alexandra Mitchell graduated from Barnard College cum laude in May 2015 with a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Cultures. Before enrolling in the M.A. program in Hispanic Cultural Studies, she worked in Marketing at Olé Imports, a Spanish wine importer. Born and raised in New York City, Alexandra became interested in learning Spanish at an early age due to the city’s diverse and prominent Hispanic and Latino communities. Through an opportunity in high school to participate in a homestay program in Argentina, Alexandra realized that she could utilize her Spanish language skills professionally as well as in personal interactions with others. At Barnard, she delved into her Spanish studies and also began learning Portuguese. These academic interests led her to study abroad in Madrid through Middlebury College and in Rio de Janeiro through Columbia University. Alexandra wrote her Senior Thesis on the history and legacy of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the 20th-century Spanish designer who revolutionized the construction of women’s clothing, arguing that the Spanish cultural influences reflected in many of his designs live on in the collections of the brand’s subsequent creative directors. Current areas of interest include 20th-century Spanish and Latin American literature, history and visual arts.