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Emily Kozal


Hometown: Ada, MI
Majors: Spanish and Business
Study Abroad: Valparaíso, Chile
Best Adjective to Describe You: Happy

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
You have the opportunity to learn not just literature, but also film, culture, history, medical terminology, business practices, and more.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
I would not hesitate to reach out. Ask questions and make sure you get to know people who have studied/are studying what you are.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
To change my perspective; I have met people and have had experiences that have opened my mind to new ideas and viewpoints that I would have never considered otherwise. 

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Spanish 401: Spanish Film. I took this class with Arturo Márquez, and I really enjoyed the way he connected the course topics to our lives.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I took my first religion class here at K. It was something completely new for me, but I actually learned a lot and it was good for me to get out of my comfort zone.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I did an externship at an immigration law firm in Minneapolis, and I really enjoyed that since I got to use my Spanish a fair amount. Something that gets me off campus a bit is Girls on the Run. I have coached over at Woodward for the past three years.  I also was involved with the Center for Civic Engagement at Goodwill Industries. I was the Civic Engagement Scholar for the GED program there and a group of us visited and tutored some students in English, math, science, and social studies. I will also be acting as a President Student Ambassador for the upcoming school year.

What is your SIP?
I am still working on my proposal, but I would like to focus on the accuracy and effectiveness of public documents available in Spanish. I will be analyzing federal, state government, and healthcare documents while researching the accessibility and results these translated documents provide for non-English speakers.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to either attend law school or pursue a career in international business. I am mostly searching for a career that allows me to speak Spanish every day.

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