"Hola! I’m Kayla, and I transferred to Roberts as a sophomore to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Adolescence Education. It wasn’t long until I realized that I would have to study abroad to receive my final Spanish credits needed to obtain my degree.
"Initially, I had no desire to study abroad. I actually tried to do everything in my power to avoid it. But, before I knew it, I was in Spain where I would be spending the next five months of my life. After a serious culture shock and some adjustments, I quickly found out that there is no better way to learn another language than by fully immersing yourself in that culture. My experience abroad was life changing for me!
"A year and a half after studying abroad, I crossed that stage at Roberts Wesleyan College and received my diploma, not knowing where this next chapter in my life would take me. I immediately began the job hunt and submitting my job applications. I went to three different interviews and I was offered three different jobs. One of the jobs involved working as an Administrative Assistant at a Migrant Education Program. The other two were jobs teaching high school Spanish, one of which was at my alma mater. I currently work as a high school Spanish teacher at Falconer Central School. I now enter those halls as a teacher and no longer a student. I am so blessed to have a job where I love what I do.
"My experience abroad and my time at Roberts gave me the confidence that I needed to speak the language, and the stories that now spark my students’ curiosity and keep them excited about the language and culture."
Kayla Saff, 2012
"Hola! I am Liz, and I graduated with a dual major in Spanish and Marketing. My love for Spanish was a progressive development. It started with a mission trip to Costa Rica right out of high school. That trip sparked my interest in travel and my desire to study abroad for a semester, so for that reason alone, I chose to take Spanish in college. However, instead of going to Costa Rica, I ended up studying in Spain, and it was phenomenal – hands down, the best and most influential five months of my college career! When I came back, I had fulfilled all of the credits necessary for a Spanish minor. However, I was so hooked with the language and the opportunities it could provide, that I changed my minor to a major and kept on going. I have to say that it was the best decision I could have made because I am where I am today because of it.
"After graduating from Roberts in 2010, I moved to Washington D.C. and landed an interview with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), a job which blended both of my majors.
"The job interview was held in Spanish. Now I have been with PAHO/WHO for over two years and I use Spanish on a daily basis, working with countries all over Latin America and the Caribbean. I even have the opportunity to travel at times. I set up a conference in Argentina and went to Haiti to support a vaccination campaign. Next year I’ll be holding a conference in Panama. Duty travel (as it’s called) is wonderful.
"I would encourage anyone interested in the language to pursue the interest and not let it go. Although it may be difficult at times, you’ll be reaping benefits for life. It will not only make you more desirable in today’s competitive job market, but it will also open your mind, influence your world view, and broaden your opportunities."
Liz Thrush, 2010