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Alumni Stories

Our alumni are involved in a variety of fields, including industry and academia. Hear about their experiences both as students in the department and their life post-graduation.

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The Beauty of Human Connection

Issraa El-Khatib spent summer 2018 working an internship in Toledo, Spain and taking a course on Christian, Muslim, and Jewish art. She talks about the significance of connecting with classmates, professors, a host family, and her religion. “As a Muslim, it gave me a sense of familiarity and pride in a country that had seemed so foreign to me before,” she says.
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Gain New Perspectives

For Jacob Dixon, studying in Maputo, Mozambique confirmed a desire to teach Portuguese and opened up interests in the greater Lusophone world. Support from the Institute for Global Studies and the US Department of Education made his trip possible.
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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Greta Treiber spent spring 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She discusses her connection with her host family and her tips for other students looking to participate in learning abroad. By honing her Spanish skills, Treiber hopes to further her intercultural competence as she pursues a master's in arts education.
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Nahee Lee-Workman

Spanish and Portuguese student Nahee Lee-Workman has found success at 3M with her CLA-based knowledge and skills. While at the University she studied abroad in Brazil, learned how to understand cultural and linguistic differences among Spanish and Portuguese speakers, and learned the value of networking in order to advance her career.
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A Global Student

Recent CLA grad and Fulbright Scholar Julia Potach studied both Spanish and Global Studies and served on the Spanish and Portuguese Undergraduate Studies Committee, and participated in service-learning opportunities and study abroad internships.