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
Giuseppe Collia, '20
¡Hola! Soy Giuseppe Collia. I am a double major in Environmental Studies and Spanish, Italian minor, and Food Studies Certificate. Throughout high school I knew that I enjoyed learning Spanish and that I'd want to continue here. Coming in, I was blessed to have the fantastic Professor Asunción Arnedo for SPAN 201 and Agustín Cortés as our OSA (language TA from Spain)! Having had a great professor and a great OSA encouraged me to continue my studies and become more involved with the department. One of my favorite experiences at Dickinson is living in the Romance Languages House, o Casa de lenguas romances, with some of the OSAs and other students who are committed to practice the languages they study outside of the classroom. Additionally, the Multilingual Writing Center is another reason I came to Dickinson in the first place! I'd love to be a resource to you if you ever have any questions about the experience of a Spanish major (although Spring 2019, I hope to be in Sudamérica en Ecuador y Argentina)!
Meredith Jones '20
¡Hola! Me llamo Meredith Jones y soy de Connecticut. I am a double major in Spanish and Environmental Science, as well as an Earth Science minor. I first started learning Spanish in elementary school and my passion for the language grew in high school. Coming to Dickinson, I found that my Spanish classes were some of my favorites as I was able to analyze literature, poetry, and film. My favorite class so far has been "The Crime Novel in Hispanic Context: Trends and Topics" with Profesor Rivas because I was able to write fascinating papers about short stories and films. I am also interested in the art of translation, and had the wonderful opportunity to discuss environmental issues and topics in Spanish with waterkeepers from Central and South America this summer. This experience encouraged me to pursue a future career that combines my two areas of study and allows me to share scientific knowledge with Spanish speakers in the U.S. and beyond.
Rogelio Cuevas '20
Hola! Qué onda? Mi nombre es Rogelio Cuevas y yo estudio español y sociología! I came to Dickinson thinking I wanted to major in comp-sci or math. Who knew what college had in store for me? After taking one class con Profesora Delutis-Eichenberger, I knew I wanted to continue with Spanish. However, something else was missing. It wasn’t until after I dropped Spanish, declared sociology, that I realized I wanted to major in both! I love learning more about me and my culture in class, especialmente con Profesor Reyes. Quiero combinar mis intereses en sociologia y espanol para poder usar mi voz en representar y ayudar a la gente latina quien sufre por poder vivir una vida justa y, quienes intentan de mejorar las vidas de sus hij@s. My interests in giving back to my community stem from the hard-work and dedication that my grandparents and parents put into building a life for themselves and for my family in the United States. Estoy en Dickinson College por y para mi familia. Gracias a ellos, he podido viajar y aprender mas sobre la cultura latina en México, Guatemala, Ecuador, Argentina, y Chile. Thanks to Dickinson, I am able to study abroad in South America learn more about latinamerican cultures and the people.
Justina Warnick '20
¡Hola, me llamo Justina y soy de Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania! I'm pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Spanish with the intention of going to medical school after Dickinson. Originally, I decided to study Spanish so that I could communicate with Spanish-speaking patients. However, this changed once I took my first Spanish class at Dickinson with Professor Diaz. I knew almost immediately that my interest in Spanish had developed far beyond simply obtaining fluency in the language. By the end of my first year, I found myself engaging in readings about culture and applying to live in the Romance Languages House! The Spanish major has allowed me to take classes exploring the culture of soccer in Latin America, the racism towards immigrants in Spanish film, and the puertorriqueñidad in the United States. I can confidently say that I have gained a valuable understanding of different cultures that will help me in every aspect of life upon graduation!
Kiana Smith '21
¡Hola! Me llamo Kiana Smith y soy Nuevo Jersey. I am a double major in Spanish and International Studies. Upon coming to Dickinson, I knew right away I wanted to continue studying Spanish while also learning more about our world developments, international politics, and history. My three main reasons for wanting to Study Spanish and International Studies was by traveling and having amazing teachers in high school. My Junior and Senior year I was very blessed to visit Costa Rica and Cuba. I fell in love with the language and the culture of Latin America the moment I stepped off the plane. After returning from Cuba senior year spring I told my parents and later my teachers right away that I was going to double major in Spanish and International Studies. One of my main goals while I am here at Dickinson, is to travel abroad to Spain for a year in 2019-2020. I am so excited to continue my journey in learning and exploring the Spanish language and culture here at Dickinson.
Melanie Baime '21
¡Hola, me llamo Melanie! I am a sophomore Spanish and Psychology double major. The Spanish department at Dickinson gives me the opportunity to use my love for the Spanish language outside the classroom. I am currently taking Spanish for the Health Professions with professor Arnedo-Aldrich. Each week we drive to migrant clinics and farm grounds to interpret for Spanish speaking workers. We partner with the Keystone health program who provide migrants free/low priced medical care. Having this opportunity to interpret has opened my eyes to lifestyles and cultural details I had previously known little about. In the fall of 2019, I plan on studying abroad to Málaga, Spain. I hope to continue growing my Spanish speaking abilities and use it in any career I end up in.
Annie Pendleton '21
¡Hola! Me llamo Annie Pendleton. I am from Warrenton, VA and I am currently a sophomore here at Dickinson. I am an International Business and Spanish double major with a minor in Economics. I fell in love with Spanish during high school thanks to a great teacher, and I am continuously reminded of all that love in all of my spanish classes here. My favorite class thus far has been Spanish in the Business Professions because it is a great combination of my two majors. Next year I hope to study abroad in either South America or in Malaga. I cannot wait to be completely immersed in a language that I have been practicing for so long. After college, I hope to use my Spanish to connect with people on a more meaningful level in the business world.