Office of Civil Rights
September 15, 2013

Date: 09/15/2013 Description: Hispanic Heritage Month 2013: Vanessa Seher - State Dept Image L. Vanessa Seher, originally from Honduras, has lived in the United States for the past 14 years.

"When I came to the United States in 1999, I didn’t know any English and enrolled in ESL classes to learn the language. After six months I started working for a travel agency as a travel agent. In 2004 I began work as an administrative assistant/customer service representative at an insurance company and worked in that industry until starting as a contractor in the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Special Issuance Agency (SIA) in 2012. I currently work in the customer service department at SIA, and I’m studying to get my bachelor’s degree.

In my spare time--the little bit I have--I enjoy baking, cooking, traveling, tennis, and dancing punta (Honduran style of dance). I also like to help others in the Latino community with learning English and acclimating to life here in the United States. I always enjoy learning more about the English language and am proud to say I have finally learned how to pronounce supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

I feel very fortunate to have been able to lead the life I have lead so far. Coming to the United States changed my life, and I’m grateful for the opportunities I have had here."