Where Are They Now?


farkiMichael R. Farkas

B.A. in Spanish, ’14

Upon receiving my BA in Spanish, along with my TESOL Certificate and my minor in French, I decided to continue with my studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic literature and cultures. I completed my MA in Hispanic Language & Literatures at Boston College in May of 2016 and wrote my thesis on the Argentine novel Rayuela (1963) by Julio Cortázar. I served as a Teaching Fellow during my time at Boston College and taught two sections of Elementary Spanish per semester. I was awarded the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award by the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. Presently, I am a full time Spanish teacher at Canton High School in Canton, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching Spanish, I work as the East Coast Academic Manager for EF Education First in the Language Travel division. I am responsible for the coordination of the teachers who teach in the summer English as a Second Language (ESL) programs from New Jersey to Florida. Back at PSU I took methods classes before becoming a tutor, took a graduate level course, and collaborated with peers and faculty on academics. One faculty member put hours into helping me develop a paper to present at Plymouth’s Medieval Forum in April. Another helped me with the statement of purpose for my graduate school applications. Plymouth gets you ready for the world. I feel like a real human after being here—I look at the world differently.

 

Lauren Doucette

B.A. in Spanish, ’13

Since graduation, I have been hired as a Spanish teacher at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. I will begin professional development this summer by traveling to South America to improve my teaching and Spanish skills.  The Department of Languages and Linguistics was not only composed of incredible educators, but they become your family.  With each having a unique Spanish language and cultural background, they provide the students with ample opportunities to gauge perspective, hear different accents, and become well-rounded cultural individuals.  Learning a foreign language not only broadens a person’s ability to communicate, but gives perspective into other worlds, and opens the doors of employment for many different fields.

 

Youssef Mabrouk

B.A. in French, ’13

I really liked that sometimes there were different events, such as the French Film Festival.  This helped me become more into the classes I took, and encouraged me to follow the course.  The classes were diverse, but each one in the program related to one another.  For example, a course focusing on the cultures of France is related to another that looks at the history of France.  The teachers are the best that I have ever had.

 

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Addie Weller

B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish, ’15

Right now, I’m living and teaching primary-aged students in Xi’an, China, a city of 9 million in the center of the country. My students are always fun and eager to learn— their excitement never fails to brighten my day. I owe my interest in cultural experiences like these, as well as my knowledge of language learning and multicultural education entirely to the Languages and Linguistics Department at PSU. I surely wouldn’t be where I am today without the help from the department’s professors and Lisa, the amazing superwoman admin. If you want to travel across the world, try new food, and meet diverse people, look no further than the Languages and Linguistics department: it’s a great stepping stone to the world.

Kelly Carpenter

B.A. in Spanish, ’11

I’m coming up on finals in my first semester of grad school here at the University of South Florida and so far my experience has been incredible!  It’s definitely a whole new world and took me a while to get my bearings. Despite the fact that I miss the tight-knit feel of our L&L Department, my professors are wonderful and the College of Public Health is still small enough to be a supportive and collaborative environment. I’ve been able to be a part of a lot of wonderful volunteer initiatives; my favorite of which was the Farm Workers Self-Help Health Fair.  With the benefit of my language background I was able to work with the med students to communicate the results, implications, and advisable treatments and behaviors for each of the adults that came through the fair.  It was an incredibly rewarding activity and I am so grateful to have had the language skills to be able to participate at the level that I did. To my knowledge, I am the only MPH student that came from a language background and am so proud to help demonstrate that language learning can be a foundation for a multitude of disciplines.  I was just approved to add the Global Health and Latin American and Caribbean Studies certificate to my Global Health Practice program. Additionally, I have met with several professors in the Anthropology Department to discuss the possibility of the MPH/MA dual degree in Public Health and Applied Anthropology.  Each of them has acknowledged my degree in Spanish as an excellent and intuitive springboard for their program.  I will decide by the end of this week if this is the path I want to pursue. Also, I really need to thank Prof. Cintron and the Nicaragua Club – that trip was such a wonderful experience which has already served me very well in my current program – it really encapsulates a lot of what Public Health is all about.  I’m working with my student organization to either establish a connection with Compas de Nicaragua or with another partnership we’ve identified near Managua.  Either way, that experience has been instrumental in a lot of what I’m doing and will do through my program – so, thank you!

 

Alyssa Babb

Minor in German, ’11

After graduating, I was hired to work as an Assistance Coordinator at a company called On Call International located in Salem, NH. This is a 24/7 emergency medical and travel assistance company. I have the opportunity to use my German Language skills on a daily basis as I work four 10 hour shifts and have to make calls world wide. We work on saving peoples lives 10 hours at a time. I have now been promoted to an Aetna Specialist and specify working directly with people who have Aetna International insurance. I arrange air ambulances, nurse escorts, hospital admissions, and anything imaginable to evacuate people from remote areas all throughout the world. Some areas I have been found difficult but a learning experience to evacuate people from are the top of Mount Everest in Nepal, The Marshall Islands, The Maldives, Antarctica, and many other locations world wide. I use my language skills mainly in the summer months, however periodically year round. I call hospitals located in German speaking countries to speak with patients, do medical consults, and chase medical reports. Many people at my company are bilingual. On Call International is made up of under 100 employees with about 40 languages spoken.

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