Spanish Major: Alumni Perspectives

Alumni talk about their Truman experience…

Emma Merrigan (14) Spanish Major
Emma Merrigan

“Studying Spanish in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at Truman has afforded me countless opportunities for personal, academic, and professional growth. During my time here, I have personally benefited from study abroad, internships, professional and freelance employment in my field, volunteerism, extracurricular activities, and so much more! It is largely due to the dedication of the CML faculty as well as the advanced linguistic and cultural knowledge I have received that I plan to dedicate myself to the study of Spanish and other languages not only as a career, but also as a lifelong passion.”
—Emma Merrigan (’14), English and Spanish Double Major, Linguistics Minor
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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

“Though I had originally planned to specialize in immigration law so that I could use my Spanish professionally, I discovered in law school that there is a major need in the family law community for attorneys who speak Spanish. In my current practice I use my language frequently and am the only Spanish-speaking attorney in the firm. Truman really prepared me well for the work I do on a daily basis.”
—Elizabeth Bonanno (’09), Spanish and Political Science Majors; International Studies Minor

“Truman’s combined strong academic as well as co-curricular activities surrounding the study of Spanish language and culture have given me so many opportunities to learn, lead, and pursue my passion for foreign language.”
—Paige Bergan (’15), Spanish Major 

“This year has been wonderful for me, teaching at La Universidad de Boyacá in Tunja, Colombia. I teach 15 classes per week of all levels, from beginner to advanced, from students to professors! I plan all of my lessons and do my best to make them practical and fun. I also lead a conversation club twice a week for anyone to come and practice English. As my “social project”, I’m working with the lawyer of a social foundation in my region that helps impoverished, disabled and older adults receive their high school education. Using my English I can help find grants and partnerships to help support the foundation’s projects– ones that they would otherwise be unaware of.”
—Christy Crouse (’17), Spanish and Political Science Majors; Minors in International Studies and Asian Studies. Currently a Fullbright in Colombia, you can find her blog here.