Testimonials

Anna Sorensen“Majoring in Spanish was one of the best decisions I made at GW. Through the classes I took, I was able to find lifelong friends and mentors, as well as gain the confidence to move to a Spanish-speaking country after graduation. Writing my thesis in Spanish was by far the most challenging and rewarding academic and personal experience I’ve had. The Spanish department at GW encouraged and supported me throughout my four years, and I am so grateful to the professors I had who helped me find my voice. Initially unsure if GW was the right place for me, I decided to major in Spanish, and fully dedicate myself to learning not only the language, but also about the literature, history, and cultures of different Spanish-speaking countries. This decision gave me a home at GW, a place where I was pushed to grow academically and personally, and a place for which I will always be grateful. I hope that future students take advantage of the opportunities that majoring in Spanish has to offer, and explore their passion for Spanish, as I was lucky to be able to do during my years at GW.”--

Anna Sorensen, Class of 2019, Spanish Major  

 

“I had always wanted to achieve full fluency in Spanish, and since I'm not a native speaker, I have spent most of my educational career taking Spanish courses that focused on myriad themes. One of the reasons I decided to switch from the minor to the major is I began to see how much more there was to learn through the Spanish language about Spanish and Latin American history and culture that I would not have been exposed to through more conventional coursework in English. The classes that are offered in Spanish run the gamut of subjects, and each professor has such unique experiences and perspectives that they passionately share with their students, and no class is like another, so I felt I had a really rich experience throughout my time. The Spanish major at GW allowed me to delve into themes from a perspective that seemed so fresh and interesting to me, and the professors provoked a passion for truly engaging with the material, whether it be literature, movies, songs, or even textbooks. For me, Spanish classes didn't feel like a requirement or a box that I needed to check to get my degree. Rather, I was always excited to go to my Spanish classes because I knew I would learn something new or be challenged to think critically about something in a different way during every class. Not to mention, as a medical student and future physician, I am able to use my fluency to connect with a greater population of patients and provide a higher quality of care to more people, which is just one way I utilize the skills I developed through the Spanish major at GW.”---

Emily R. Youner, Class of 2018, Spanish Major  

 

 

 

Monica Murguia

 

 

"For me, the Spanish language major meant reconnecting with my native language after moving from my South Texas home where I would speak it daily, to hardly speaking it at all at GW. It not only gave me the confidence to clearly express myself while speaking and writing, but gave me a new understanding of what it means to be Latinx, and the diversity of Latinx cultures. This newfound understanding would prove to be invaluable for me during my Peace Corps service in Peru and in my self-understanding." --

Mónica Murguía, Class of 2018, Spanish Major

 

 

 

 

 

Sabastian CorralesI can say without a doubt that today I would not be enrolled in a doctoral program in English literature were it not for the instruction and advice I received from GWU’s Spanish Department. The first literature course I took at the undergraduate level was not of English literature, but rather Spanish literature. It was through "The Spanish Inquisition" with Professor Heather Bamford that I discovered literary criticism and my passion for literature. The rest of my years as a GWU student were spent taking courses taught by the English and Spanish departments. My experiences learning and writing within these courses motivated me to develop two honors theses, one for each department. The intellectual work of developing these two theses contributed to being accepted into the University of Virginia’s English Literature PhD program and to strengthening the strategies I employ in my current studies.” --

Sebastián Corrales, Class of 2018, Spanish Major 

 

 

 

Sarah Hampton

 

"I initially decided to minor in Spanish with the hope that knowing another language would make me more successful in the field of international affairs, which was my major. However, after my first few courses, I quickly realized that my Spanish professors were doing so much more than teaching me different tenses and teasing me for not being able to roll my "rr"s. My Spanish minor exposed me to the historical, linguistic, and cultural context that I so crucially needed in order to understand how to navigate the world of international affairs, and it gave me the confidence I needed to participate in a study abroad program that was fully immersive in Spanish. Ultimately, my time with the Spanish department helped me realize my passion--immigration, particularly from Central America--and my favorite Spanish professor was my advisor for my honors thesis on that topic. Now I am in law school, and I still find myself reaching back to the knowledge I gained from my Spanish minor as I prepare to be an advocate for Spanish speaking communities. My Spanish minor truly ended up shaping both my personal experience at GW and my professional career path." --

Sarah Hampton, Class of 2019, Spanish Minor 

 

 

 

Hanna WecksteinWhen I think about my time at GW, it is the Spanish minor that shaped my experience to be so positive.The Spanish department gave me my closest friends and the most caring and intelligent professors who helped me find my voice not only in class, but in my community. It took just one semester of volunteering with Operación Impacto, to realize that studying Spanish language and literature would allow me to connect with my community in DC and gain a deeper understanding about the issues important to me. It was because of my Spanish minor, that I spent a semester in Santiago to study Chilean music and lyrics as a tool for protest and social change. It was in a class on Mexican Literature and Culture, that I first discussed immigration in an academic setting, which inspired me to apply as a volunteer for United We Dream, an immigrant-rights organization in DC. Since graduating, I have taught at a bilingual school in Spain and I am currently teaching in New Orleans, where the majority of my students are English-Learners. Having studied Spanish at GW, I am grateful to carry the perspective of being a language-learner with me in my new role as an educator. The Spanish minor at GW has given me the skills and confidence to connect with all different kinds of people and has fostered my love for learning, and for that I am so appreciative.” --

Hannah Weckstein, Class of 2018, Spanish Minor