Hometown: Marine on St Croix, MN
Majors: Spanish and Political Science
Study Abroad: Santiago, Chile
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Best Adjective to Describe You: Adaptable
In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Being bilingual opens so many doors!
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
I always wanted to be able to speak a second language and I had taken classes in high school but I love the Spanish department for the great variety of classes we have and the awesome professors.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Go on study abroad in a Spanish speaking country! My Spanish improved so much while I was abroad and my confidence with the language is so much higher now.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I love to travel and so being able to speak Spanish opens a lot of opportunity to not only travel to a lot of wonderful places but to be able to really experience what each Spanish speaking culture is like through a shared language.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
One of the most valuable things I´ve learned here is that you are never alone. It sounds cheesy but there is always someone going through finals with you or there are professors to help you and friends to keep you sane during stressful times of the quarters.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Spanish Speaking World on Film (SPAN401) with Profe Marquez. This class was so awesome because I really love foreign films and so being able to see the development and artistic aspects of directors and cinematic culture all in Spanish was really interesting. I learned a lot, got new ideas on artists to look for, and Professor Marquez and the other students in the class made it just really entertaining overall.
What is your SIP?
I had a 10 week internship over the summer back in Santiago de Chile and I am researching essentially the question of what factors are causing Chileans ages 18-29 to reject the formal political processes (i.e., voting and identifying with a political party) but are very involved in social and political movements.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I plan to take a year or two off first to work and travel and then apply to law school.