Assistant Professor of Spanish
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
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In Their Own Words
Students of Spanish
Dustin Dena Smith
Class of 2015
Why did you decide to study Spanish in college?
I have always loved Latin America, and being an Anthropology and International Business double major, I think having Spanish as a second language will help me no matter what I decide to do. I love learning about cultures and different people, and studying a language is a perfect way to do this!
What is your favorite Spanish word, term or expression? Why?
My favorite Spanish word is a little silly, but it is "polvo," which means dust. My friends who speak Spanish always call me Polvo because they take my nickname in English, Dust, and translate it directly into Spanish, Polvo. I guess it is kind of an inside joke, but it will always be a word that I remember.
What is your favorite Spanish speaking country and why?
My favorite Spanish speaking country is Mexico because that is where I graduated High School. I lived in Mexico for almost four years and was fortunate to travel all over the country and see how vast of a country it is and how much it has to offer in terms of different cultures, landscapes and ways of life. It is a beautiful country and I will always consider it my home.
What is your funniest or most embarrassing foreign language conversation/translation story?
I think the most embarrassing foreign language situation I have ever been in would be the first presentation that I gave in Spanish in High School, when I barely even knew what I was talking about. Everyone in the class was fluent and there I was the only blonde gringo trying to speak in a language I barely knew. My face was so red and everyone was just staring at me. It was so terrifying, but it only got better from there.
Have you been able to utilize your Spanish language skill? How and where?
Spanish is used everywhere! There are so many people that speak Spanish in Florida, and even at Eckerd. There are always people around campus that are willing to practice and teach you something new!
What do you like most about studying Spanish at Eckerd?
I really like the travel abroad opportunities that we have for Spanish credits. The Winter Terms for Spanish immersion all sound amazing and I would love to be able to participate in one before I graduate. A lot of the Spring Break trips are also located in Latin America, and this provides a perfect opportunity to be able to practice.