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Kalamazoo College

Cory Vincent


Belleville, Michigan
Spanish and Political Science
Study Abroad:
Caceres, Spain
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Cookies and Cream
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Spanish will give you the language tools to explore other cultures and people.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I wanted to learn a second language so I could study abroad in Europe. I continued studying Spanish in order to explore Spanish culture in a more profound manner.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
I believe learning a second language can be a frustrating pursuit, but the sense of accomplishment when you are having a conversation in a language that is not your first makes it worth the effort.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
By studying Spanish, I have been able to travel through and familiarize myself with Spain. I can now follow the political process in Spain, aiding me in my interests in political science.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I have learned to be more outgoing and to be more active in building relationships with other people.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class so far has been Politics of Revolution with Professor Elman. She helped me to discover my passion for political science while challenging me to think critically, in nuanced ways.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is an analysis of the poetic work of Juan Ramón Jiménez.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I would like to teach English in Spain for a year or two and then apply to law school to pursue a law degree.

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