"Hola! I’m Katelyn, and I recently graduated from Roberts with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education and a concentration in Spanish. I studied abroad in Murcia for a semester my sophomore year, and it was one of the most life-changing and exciting experiences of my life. Not only did my Spanish improve greatly, but my eyes were opened to many things as I lived and traveled abroad. I had the opportunity to immerse myself in Spanish culture, to travel, and to meet people from all over the world. It was this study abroad experience that awakened my passion for the Spanish language and culture.
"I have returned to Spain and am now living in Madrid. I am currently working as an English assistant in a private elementary school, teaching English to children between the ages of three and seven, while simultaneously obtaining my Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education at a university nearby. I am so pleased to have another opportunity to live abroad- it is such a great experience, and I would encourage everyone that can to spend some time abroad. It will change your life!!"
Katelyn Chase, 2012
"Hola! I am Andrea, and I attended Roberts Wesleyan from fall 2006 through spring 2010, and thoroughly enjoyed my studies there. The professors personally knew and sincerely cared about each student. I studied Elementary and Special Education, with a 30-hour concentration in Spanish. I graduated with New York state certificates to teach Special Education K-12, Elementary Education 1-6, and Spanish Education K-12. My New York certificates transferred quite easily to Virginia, where I currently teach kindergarten in Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia. I am in the middle of my third year of teaching, and I absolutely love my job!
"One of the experiences that most shaped me into the Spanish speaker and educator that I am today was my study abroad experience in college. The second semester of my sophomore year, the spring of 2008, I studied abroad in Costa Rica through Best Semester’s Latin American Studies Program. That semester I lived with a Costa Rican family, so I had no choice but to speak Spanish. The practical necessity of speaking Spanish, supported by Spanish education before and during this home stay, pushed me to learn Spanish much more quickly and effectively than if I had only relied on learning Spanish in a classroom. When I returned to Roberts for the following two years, I took Spanish literature classes that furthered my language development as well as my knowledge of Spanish culture and history. I still use my Spanish today on a daily basis, in my interactions with students and their parents. In my school, over 50% of the students speak Spanish at home."
Andrea Faulkner, 2010