Spanish Students Share Their Stories
First-year student from Bloomfield Township, Mich.
"My awareness of the world has been expanded by my studies in Swarthmore's Spanish department. Through literature, film and popular culture, my classes have shed light on a part of the globe whose cultural perspectives are new and fascinating for me. With the exceptions of Christopher Columbus and the origin of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, my Spanish classes in high school didn't pay much attention to the Spanish speaking world. At Swarthmore, on the other hand, even my grammar class had a cultural focus. Still, a true understanding of other cultures can't come only through academics - one also must experience culture firsthand. Fortunately, the Spanish department has a long list of study abroad partnerships with programs in Latin America. I hope to take advantage of this list and thus expand my understanding of our world even further."
Sophomore computer science and economics major from Essex, Ct.
"Aprender otro idioma me ha dado acceso a culturas que no hubiera podido experimentar enteramente de otro modo; Ha expandido mi comprensión del mundo para abarcar una serie de nuevas perspectivas."
"Learning a new language has given me access to cultures that I would not have otherwise been able to fully experience; it has expanded my understanding of the world to encompass a whole range of new perspectives."
First-year student from Pittsburgh, Pa.
"At Swarthmore, all Spanish classes are always taught in Spanish. In my advanced Spanish grammar class my first semester here, I was surprised by the level of interest of my classmates. Every day, all the students (only about ten) arrived to class prepared to participate. In that class, we had interesting and fun discussions about the reading or about movies we watched. During the semester, my Spanish improved a huge amount, mainly thanks to the opportunity to speak, read, and listen to Spanish in a welcoming environment with engaged and friendly professors and students. This semester, in my Latin American literature class, I continue to enjoy this type of environment, and my Spanish continues to improve."