My name is Anna and I was born in Barcelona in 1968. I studied in Catalonia until I went to High School. At that point I moved to Oregon and started to get in touch with American culture. After graduating at Glendale High School I went to college where I learned to love journalism and discovered how different Catalan culture was (and is) from the Spanish one.
At that time I began to introduce myself as a Catalan, not Spanish, something I’ve been doing since then, explaining to everybody my homeland, my language and my culture. I also discovered what was interesting and surprising about my country for those who didn’t know anything about it.
After finishing my degree in Education and Pedagogy I started my struggle for the rights and freedoms of my country. I also went to the Balearic Islands University to learn about Catalan language and culture (surprisingly I was taught in Spanish because Catalan was not permitted) despite Catalan always being the language of everyday use within my family. It was there that my passion for languages and communication started. Studying became a passion too: I was an unregistered student of Anthropology while, at the same time, studying Philology and working as a teacher. Finally I ended up specializing in communication skills used by human beings. I finished my Master’s degree in Marketing and Communication and continued my postgraduate studies in the field of Information Society and the new, emergent technologies.
My whole career has been concerned with communication, an area that I love. Obama made me discover new aspects of communication. I took part in his first campaign which brought me knowledge that would have been really difficult to learn in college.
A few years ago, together with several people, I started the project of Help Catalonia. Our aim was to let the world know what was going on in Catalonia as well as offering a different vision from the one given by the Spanish authorities and media.
I speak Catalan (my mother tongue, the language I use with my two kids, the language I love and in which I express my feelings), as well as Spanish (which I learned in school and watching TV when I was a little girl) and English (which I learned in my second homeland, Oregon). I also have basic notions of Basque, Italian and French.
I do love politics (even though I have never been an active member of any political party), communication, gardening and keep on learning all the time. My personal Twitter account is @AnnaAroca