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Raquel Castellanos-Orlanzzini, 2009
I am currently a second year PhD student at the University of Toronto and a former student of Brock University, where I received my honours degree in Spanish in 2009. During my years as an undergraduate student, I discovered my passion for literature. My Spanish professors inspired and encouraged me to follow in their footsteps and become a Spanish professor myself. I firmly believe that if it wasn’t for their support and passion for teaching, I would not have pursued this career.
[...] The department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers programs abroad that allow students the opportunity to explore various cultures and languages. I had the opportunity to live in Spain for a month, where I was able to explore everything the country and its people had to offer while immersing myself in the day-to-day lifestyle. […] Spanish…at Brock University has opened my eyes to my true passion and guided me to a promising future in the process.
Jennifer Dill, 2012
Studying in the Iberian and Latin American Studies program at Brock has been a very fulfilling academic experience. With dedicated and passionate professors and a list of fascinating and valuable courses, I developed an in-depth appreciation for and understanding of both the language and the Iberian and Latin American cultures. Having also participated in a 3rd-year exchange to Spain, I was able to really develop my speaking skills which I use quite often working in customer service. In the future, I will pursue a job in which I may continue to use this incredibly useful, not to mention beautiful language. Studying Spanish at Brock University is a fantastic opportunity and an overall great university experience that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in the language.
Maria Babic, 2012
At the beginning of my undergraduate studies, I had no intention of pursuing Spanish. I took a Spanish course as an elective but very soon I realized that Spanish is not only a beautiful language to speak but it also tells quite a history of a world I was not aware of, and I found myself exploring culture and tradition through learning the language. Every time I finished a course, I found myself wanting to take another as my curiosity and interest for the Hispano-American world would continually increase.
Besides the passion I established for the language and culture, I also found that the incredible help and support from my professors in IBLA at Brock University greatly influenced my decision to continue my education. Being an adult student and, especially, studying in two foreign languages (English and Spanish) is challenging but, whenever I needed help or support, my professors were there for me, either to give me an advice or to encourage me to pursue my goal. In September, I am going to do Master’s in Spanish at the University of Toronto in the hopes of gaining a position to teach Spanish language as well as to influence and encourage students’ interest for other languages. Languages are important as they open numerous career related possibilities and especially because they enable us to better understand the world in which we live as well as our position in that world
Ashley Jellicoe, 2012
For me, the Spanish classes here did not just enable me to learn a new language (which is important), but also showed me a different way of life, of living, and of political and social reality. They have opened me up to new cultural experiences, both positive and negative, and given me a different perspective on issues both local and global – particularly those of equality and what it means to be equal. The classes made me aware of those things which are substantially different in Latin American and Iberian cultures, and those which are disturbingly familiar to our own society – and how fine the line between them is. And most importantly, they’ve given me new ways to approach and deal with issues which are important to me in my life and community.