Spanish Major: Student Spotlights
History Major/Spanish Minor
Sadie Williams is a good example of how students use their passions to shape their future and push the limits to stand out above the crowd. Growing up in Utah, she was always curious about history. A study-abroad trip to Argentina during high school ignited a passion for the Spanish language. By the time she began attending Truman State University, Williams knew she wanted to pursue both of these passions. So, starting her first day of college, she started taking advantage of every opportunity she came across to help propel her toward the type of job that would offer meaningful work doing what she loved, perhaps working with the United Nations.
Biology Major (Pre-Med)/Spanish Minor for the Professions
Brittany Temple has always been interested in biology, science, and the human body, and she has a passion for the Spanish culture. A 9-day medical trip to Belize with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at Truman State University provided Brittany with a chance to explore her interests first-hand while working alongside two doctors from the Central American country. While hosting clinics in villages located in an impoverished area helped improve people’s lives, Brittany discovered it was also an incredibly humbling experience.
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As a Spanish major at Truman, Derek, appreciates how the small size of his classes allows him to get to know his professors on a one-on-one basis. And as a member of the Romance Language House, a special wing in Missouri Hall reserved for students studying Spanish, French, Italian, or Portuguese, Derek has a chance to increase his language skills every day without leaving Kirksville.
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"Studying abroad was definitely a highlight in my undergraduate career . . . and a boost for my language skills! One of the best things you’ll find at Truman is the mentorship. All the professors are great, very willing to help and very friendly."
– Sarah Glenski (’14), Spanish Major; Minors in Linguistics, History and International Studies