Spanish, Gender & Women Studies, Chicano & Latino Studies
From January to December 2015 I worked as a Bilingual Pre-K Teacher in the Verona Area School District. In January of 2016, I started working as a Bilingual Service Coordinator for Family Service Madison's Birth to Three Program.
I always loved learning the language and I knew I wanted to study abroad in a Spanish speaking country.
Both of the jobs I was hired for after graduation (including my current position) were due to my fluency in Spanish.
I loved my Spanish classes at UW. My favorite professor was Ksenija Bilbija, who I took a course with as a freshman. She later contacted me as a junior and we did collaborative research together through a Hilldale Grant.
Going to Peru changed me for the better—it was one of the most stressful, but rewarding times in my life. I got the opportunity to experience a culture completely different than my own. I learned the great feats I was capable of accomplishing on my own in a new country.
I use Spanish at work and continue to watch telenovelas, news in Spanish, listen to Spanish music, and stay connected with Spanish speaking friends.
Immerse yourself in the language you want to learn! And don't limit yourself to just one foreign language. After graduating, I decided I wanted to learn a third language and am now taking Continuing Studies courses for Portuguese.