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News From Alumni: Spanish

Felipe Swann

SpanishAlumniNewsMediaClass of 2016, Spanish

Hola! My name is Felipe Swann.

While most universities prepare students for their future, Salisbury University actually defined mine. During my time studying Spanish for my undergraduate degree, I was exposed to things that would later set me on the path to graduate school in one of the top programs in the country. My major had changed several times while attending SU. Spanish was always part of my life, but without a degree to verify my proficiency in the language, I was constantly being turned down for jobs that I was actually qualified for. When I finally decided on a Spanish major, what I thought was going to be a quick two years to get the degree and move on turned out to be the most important two years of my life.

Kate Mangiamele

SpanishAlumniNewsMedia2.pngClass of 2016, Spanish B.A. and French B.A.

I am currently obtaining my Master’s degree in education at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. I will be certified in French and Spanish by December 2018, and I hope to obtain my TESOL certification shortly after.

The experience and opportunities that I received during my undergraduate studies at Salisbury University have thoroughly prepared me to succeed in graduate school. In September of 2014, I embarked on a journey to Paris, France where I completed an international internship with a startup company, Boaterfly. I worked alongside others from various parts of the globe. During this time, I was able to practice the French language as well as be fully immersed in the culture. I lived with a French woman who spoke no English and I was able to speak to her about my day, as we enjoyed delicious meals together. This opportunity that Salisbury presented me with was incomparable to any others. The following summer, June 2015, I studied abroad in Malaga, Spain. Here, I attended the University of Malaga and was learning Spanish with other students from all over the world while living with a host family. I met students from China, France, Canada, Italy and Hungary. Not only was I immersed in the Spanish culture, but my eyes were also opened to other points of view and other mindsets from other cultures. Because of this, I decided one year later to study abroad again, but this time in Argentina. Those three experiences abroad changed me and sparked my interest in pursuing a career in languages.