Department of Spanish and Portuguese

College of Letters & Science

Alumni Meet Spanish Majors at the Residencia

Alumni Meet Spanish Majors at the Residencia

Alumni Meet Spanish Majors at the Residencia On Tuesday, October 25th, at the Residencia de Estudiantes, twenty five Spanish majors met three of the Department's alumni: Sarah A. Thomas, Carly Stingl and Marcel Colbert, who explained how having studied Spanish contributed to their post-graduation experience and opened new opportunities for them. Our majors asked about their professional trajectories, discussed ways to improve their language skills, and began exploring possible career options. Here are the bios of Sarah, Carly, and Marcel: Sarah A. Thomas (class of 1996) earned her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish. Upon graduation, she did research on political performance in Argentina and completed an internship at an environmental NGO in Costa Rica, where she taught English for eco-tourism. Back in Madison, Sarah's bilingual skills allowed her to find employment at an international financing company. Since 2004, she has worked in bilingual elementary education, in Montevideo, Uruguay, and in Madison, Wisconsin, earning her M.A. in Education in 2013. Carly Stingl (class of 2009) is a UW-Madison alumna for both her undergrad and graduate degrees. She majored in Spanish, LACIS and Journalism and then later returned for an M.A. in Spanish Literature. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain in high school, and in Quito, Ecuador during her undergraduate education. She also did an internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina and went to graduate school for Journalism at La Universidad Torcuato di Tella / La Nación. While in Argentina, she met her Spaniard husband. She currently works at UW-Madison in the International Internship Program office developing opportunities for students in Spanish-speaking countries. Marcel Colbert (class of 1993) owns conscious-commerce Art Gecko stores in Madison, which offer high quality hand-made jewelry, scarves, textiles, furniture and unique decor items. He travels across the globe to source unique products from artists in Indonesia, India and Mexico, with whom he establishes direct relationships. His passion for traveling and meeting people began through his participation in a study abroad program in Quito, Ecuador while he was majoring in Spanish.