Anabel Danon '18
Hola me llamo Anabel! I'm a History and Spanish double major and currently I am studying abroad in Málaga, Spain. I've always loved learning Spanish because of my Cuban heritage and the ability to speak it almost everywhere back home in Miami, Florida. I knew I wanted to at least minor in Spanish during my first year, but after participating in the Málaga Summer Immersion program the summer after my first year I decided to pursue the major. The Spanish Department offers incredible opportunities, both on campus and off, to practice my Spanish, but my favorite so far has been the opportunity to return to Spain to study abroad! Living with a host family has helped my Spanish tremendously and learning and absorbing the Spanish culture as been such a great experience! It's made me confident in my Spanish-speaking abilities and hopeful that I will be able to incorporate them into whatever I pursue in the future.
Julia Ferris '18
¡Hola, soy Julia! I'm a Spanish and Chemistry double major. I decided to pursue a Spanish major after taking a gap year in Argentina before coming to Dickinson. The Spanish department has given me so many opportunities to practice my Spanish, but my absolute favorite has to be interpreting at a local dental clinic for Spanish speaking patients! It's made me confident that I'll be able to combine Spanish with whatever career choice I make in the future.
Madeleine Gardner ‘18
Cassandra, Jimmink '18
Hola, me llamo Cassie. This is my third year at Dickinson College. I am a double major, Spanish and Psychology. Ever since I was little, my family and I have been traveling to different countries every Summer. I started learning Spanish in 9th grade and shortly after my family started to depend on me to be the translator. As time went on, and I learned more Spanish I began to love my annual trips of not only vacation but of translating. This semester I am currently taking Spanish for health professions with professor Arnedo. In this class, we help migrant workers get signed up for healthcare. I also go to the dental clinic and interpret for the dentist who are working with the migrant workers. I knew I would like the class but I never expected that the once a week service would be one of the highlights of my week. I hope to use my Spanish and Psychology together to help people in need one day as a career.
Nora Krantz '18
!Hola! I’m Nora and I’m a junior Spanish and Women’s and Gender Studies double major at Dickinson. I’ve always been interested in learning new languages because I love to travel, and being able to communicate with the local community opens up a whole new door of life changing experiences when visiting new places. I participated in Dickinson's Summer in Málaga program after my freshman year, and I just got back from studying in Ecuador and Argentina for over five months! I have not only increased my ability to speak and comprehend the language at Dickinson, but I’ve also gained a much deeper interest of Spanish and Latin cultures. One of my favorite classes at Dickinson has been Professor Arnedo’s Spanish for the Health Professions, where we got to interact firsthand with Spanish speaking immigrants in the local area. I hope to continue practicing the language past my time at Dickinson, and hopefully use both of my majors to help those in need as a career!
Samuel Bañuelos Jr. '19
Hi, my name is Samuel Bañuelos Jr. and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am a International Business & Management and Spanish double major. Decidí hacer una carrera en español porque quiero ser la voz de la comunidad latina. La comunidad Latina siempre está bajo representada y eso necesita cambiar. Mi clase de español favorita en Dickinson ha sido Introducción a la literatura latinoamericana y la cultura con el profesor Héctor Reyes Zaga. Esta clase me dio la oportunidad de aprender más sobre mi cultura mexicana, junto con la cultura cubana y puertorriqueña.
Caitlin Filiato '19
¡Hola, Me llamo Caitlin y estoy estudiando español y negocios internacionales a Dickinson! I am currently a sophomore at Dickinson and am extremely excited to be studying abroad next year in Málaga. I have always loved learning Spanish and about different cultures, and I knew I wanted to continue Spanish in college. After taking my first-year seminar with Professor Bartosik-Velez on colonization of the New World, I fell in love with the Spanish department and how passionate each of the professors are about their concentrations in the field. Within the department, I have been exposed to a variety of courses from sociolinguistics to subversive Latin American literature. Through the courses I have taken, my language comprehension and writing skills have improved tremendously. I feel that this major, along with my International Business and Management major will fully prepare me to be successful once I graduate.
Julia Hillary '19
¡Hola y bienvenidos! I'm Julia and a Spanish and Biology double major. I've always been interested in languages, and Spanish in particular caught my interest early in middle school. I've continued with Spanish all throughout high school and always knew I wanted to further my knowledge in my collegiate career. ¡Hay tantas oportunidades increíbles para explorar la lengua y la cultura en el departamento de español! I've been exposed to so many different aspects of culture in all of my Spanish classes here at Dickinson that have only increased my love for Spanish and languages in general. I hope to continue those experiences abroad at some point in Málaga, Spain! ¡No puedo esperar a ver y experimentar todo lo que Dickinson tiene que ofrecer!
Olivia Lowden '19
Buenos dias! My name is Olivia Lowden and I’m from Reno, Nevada. My favorite thing about the Spanish department at Dickinson is that you have the opportunity to combine Spanish and medicine. Because I’m studying Neuroscience and Spanish, I decided to take Professor Arnedo’s Spanish for the Health Professions class last semester. By the end of the class, I could translate medical information for Spanish-speaking migrant workers in Pennsylvania and was even thinking in Spanish on the way home!
Jackie Joyce '19
¡Hola! Me llamo Jackie Joyce y estoy en mi segundo año en Dickinson. Me especializo en Español y Sociología y soy de Mechanicsburg, PA. I came to Dickinson planning to pursue only a minor in Spanish. However, one of my goals since beginning Spanish classes in first grade, has been to become fluent in Spanish. I have become so impressed with my growth as a Spanish student from taking at least one Spanish class during each of my semesters so far, and as a result, I felt that fully taking advantage of the resources that our Spanish department offers, which included declaring the major, would best equip me to reach my goal. I am planning to study abroad next spring at our Dickinson site in South America spending a month in Cuenca, Ecuador and the remainder of the semester in Mendoza, Argentina. Therefore, I am optimistic that spending time abroad will significantly enhance my confidence as a Spanish speaker. I can say nothing but phenomenal remarks about the caliber of the Spanish department and its transformative influence on my worldview and my Dickinson experience as a whole.
Mollie Montague '19
¡Hola! Me llamo Mollie. I never thought I’d major in Spanish. In my junior year of high school I’d only had never studied Spanish due to a language waiver I’d received due to mild learning disorders. I began taking Spanish to furfull language requirements my junior year and by my senior year of high school was amazed at how much I could understand. I’m currently a sophomore at Dickinson, and I declared my Spanish major last semester after declaring my Sociology major the semester previously. I love being a double major and seeing all the unexpected places that the two disciplines intersect. I plan to study abroad next year with Dickinson in South America in the fall and in Spain in the spring. The Spanish department here is flexible and broad. I’ve connected with every professor I’ve had and look forward to their classes. Every week I go to the Spanish table, where anyone is welcome to come have dinner and speak Spanish.
Francie Peña '19
¡Hola! I'm Francie and I am double majoring in Spanish and Law and Policy and am currently a sophomore. I plan to study abroad in Málaga, Spain in the Fall of 2017 and am so excited to not only to grow as a Spanish speaker but also to immerse myself in a new culture! My favorite class so far has been The Crime Novel in Hispanic Context: Trends and Topics with Profesor Rivas who helped me take my Spanish writing to the next level and really help me get extremely interested in Spanish. In the future I hope to be able to use my Spanish as well as my knowledge of the law to help in fulfilling my dream of working with those in need.
Katie Schmidt '19
!Hola! My name is Katie and I’m a sophomore Spanish and Psychology double major at Dickinson. I’ve been taking Spanish since elementary school and Dickinson as allowed me to continue learning a language that I found an interest for at a young age. I love to travel and I’m currently looking forward to being able to travel and use the Spanish language when I study abroad in Málaga, Spain in the coming fall! At Dickinson, I have learned so much more about the Spanish language and culture around the world. I have a passion for helping others and so some day I hope to be able to have a career that uses both Spanish and Psychology.
Amanda Custer '19
¡Hola! Me llamo Amanda. I am an International Studies and Spanish double major. Growing up in New Mexico Spanish was a huge part of my life, and at Dickinson I knew I wanted to continue with it. I am currently studying abroad for the Fall of 2017 in Málaga, Spain. Dickinson's Spanish department offers so many opportunities to learn and grow with the language outside the classroom both in Carlisle and abroad. After graduation I plan to work in the field of national security policy, and hope to continue to use my Spanish throughout my career.
Maura Reilly '19
¡Hola me llamo Maura y soy de Holland, Pennsylvania! I am an Archaeology, Political Science, and Spanish triple major. I have always been interested in languages, and I had initially planned to minor in Spanish. However, after taking a few classes in the department and learning more about study abroad opportunities, I decided to take on Spanish as a third major. My favorite Spanish class at Dickinson was a level 231 course with Professor Rivas about crime novels. After taking this class I had a better understanding of how to analyze text and write essays in Spanish. I have had so many great professors in the department, and my language skills have improved tremendously!
Margot Kahn '19
¡Hola! My name is Margot Kahn and I am Spanish major from Baltimore, Maryland. As a freshman entering Dickinson, I had no clue what I wanted to major in. After taking classes in many different departments I finally declared as a Spanish major. The decision to major in Spanish was the best academic decision I have made. I take many different classes in numerous topics all while perfecting my ability to speak in a second language. All of the professors in the Spanish department are very supportive and passionate about teaching. My Spanish ability advances every day. The Spanish major opens up so many opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. From service projects with Spanish speaking residents near Dickinson, to studying abroad, to classes exploring all aspects of Spanish culture, history and politics, the Spanish department can impact your education, and general knowledge of life in so many positive ways. It is truly rewarding being able to master an academic subject while becoming fluent in a foreign language.
Paul McGovern '19
Hola, Soy Paul McGovern un estudiante de Methuen, Massachusetts and I am a junior Spanish/English double major here at Dickinson. I actually found a love for Spanish in high school when I simply needed to fill a language requirement. I came into Dickinson interested in Spanish, but not completely sure where I wanted to take the language. However, while at Dickinson the professors have nurtured that passion which eventually became a clear vision of majoring in the subject. I am currently studying in Malaga, Spain, where between my host family and my integrated classes I have adapted the culture and improved my linguistic skills. I am very interested in eventually using my Spanish and English backgrounds towards a career in reporting!
Alexandra Mier y Teran '19
Hola, my name is Alexandra Mier y Teran and I am from Los Angeles, California pursuing a double major in International Business & Management and Spanish. Coming into Dickinson, I didn't think I would be a double major, but the Spanish department absolutely stole my heart. As a latina, I have grown up my entire life speaking Spanish but the classes I have taken at Dickinson have not only helped me improve my language skills but have opened my eyes to subjects I never thought I'd study. My favorite class in the major has been Spanish for Health Professionals where my peers and I worked as interpreters at a health clinic in Gettysburg, PA. Each day at the clinic was thrilling and the stories of the patients I met will stay with me forever. I am currently studying in Málaga, Spain and learning to adapt to the Spanish lifestyle! Although it's been the most challenging experience of my life, I have already learned so much and can't wait to see what the rest of the semester will bring.
Katherine Sullivan '18
¡Hola! My name is Katie Sullivan, and I am a current senior here at Dickinson. My majors are Spanish and Educational Studies. I have greatly enjoyed my time as a major in the Spanish department and am looking forward to blending my studies from both of my majors in my future career path. My Spanish major has allowed me to work as a Spanish Language Assistant at The Trout Gallery, study abroad in beautiful Málaga, and meet many amazing professors and students. After having an amazing time living abroad, I am currently looking into jobs where I would teach in Spain for a few years. Eventually, I hope to work in the educational department of a museum, creating programs for Spanish speaking populations. Fingers crossed!
Kristen Kozar '20
¡Hola! My name is Kristen Kozar and I am a Political Science and Spanish double major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the summer before my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica. Coming into college, I had a strong interest in Spanish, however I did not consider the major until I took several classes with amazing faculty. Through the major, I have been able to study the literature, history, film, and politics of many cultures often underrepresented in a traditional curriculum. In today’s globalized world, I believe that being bilingual is a critical skill. I can’t wait to take more classes, and to study abroad next spring in South America!
Ilana Gruber '20
¡Hola, soy Ilana! I am a sophomore Spanish and Political Science major from Virginia. I began studying Spanish my freshman year of high school, and I've been studying it ever since! I love writing in Spanish, and my favorite class so far has been "Pre-Columbian and Colonial Spanish American Texts" with Professor Bartosik- Velez, where I did research on 16th century Spanish cartography. I am very involved with the Spanish department here at Dickinson, as I am an student office assistant, a board member of the Spanish club, and a resident of the Romance Language House. I hope to combine my two majors this summer doing research on South American social moments with Professor Anria.
Alana Richards '20
¡Hola, soy Alana! I am from Takoma Park, Maryland and am currently a Sociology and Spanish double major. Next year I hope to spend both semesters in Cuenca, Ecuador and Mendoza, Argentina perfecting my Spanish and immersing myself in a new and exciting culture. I first began learning Spanish in an immersion elementary school and ever since then my love for the language, and the cultures which surround it, have only grown. My favorite class that I've taken within the Spanish department thus far was probably professor Arnedo's Spanish for Health Professionals. It was an amazing opportunity to put to use all of the skills I had been learning throughout my years of speaking Spanish as well as get to know the area outside Carlisle a bit better. My ultimate goal would be to find a job that allows me to incorporate both my Spanish and Sociology skills!
Isoke Senghor ‘20
¡Hola! Me llamo Isoke Senghor y soy de La Ciudad de Nueva York. I am a double major in Spanish and Africana Studies with a concentration in the Diaspora. Upon coming to Dickinson, I knew that I had wanted to continue studying Spanish while also studying the histories and experiences of people of African descent. I first had this realization when I traveled to Mexico with my high school in 9th grade and saw the image of a woman with tight, coiled hair styled in Bantu knots carved into an ancient temple. She looked just like me! My favorite class in the Spanish Department so far has been Figuring the Auto/Biographical I/Eye with Professor Sosa. This class gave me the opportunity to really explore identity development and its presentation in literature, film, and visual art. This class fueled and filled my interest in how narratives are constructed by ourselves and others, and how these constructions connect us to the spaces in which we navigate. I look forward to my growth as a Spanish and Africana Studies major! I am happy to be a part of the department and to use what I learn to connect with the world within and beyond Dickinson