Professor of Spanish
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
In Their Own Words
Students of Spanish
Class of 2014
Why did you decide to study Spanish in college?
I knew that I wanted to have the opportunity to travel comfortably and to learn new things and meet new people in Latin American countries and Spain after I graduated from college. I also think learning a new language helps keep your mind sharp and gives you more opportunities to meet people that you might not have spoken to otherwise.
What is your favorite Spanish word, term or expression? Why?
I love that 'esperar' means both to wait and to hope. It is really cool to think about how certain differences in language can affect the way that people in certain countries think about and express ideas. Since hope and wait are the same word in Spanish, it means that when you are hoping for something, you believe that it is actually going to happen!
What is your favorite Spanish speaking country and why?
I cannot choose a favorite Spanish speaking country. I have visited Spain, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico and have found that each distinct country has its own beautiful, distinct flavor. I am trying to return to Spain to teach English for a year after graduating, and two of my friends and I also have plans to hike north from the southernmost tip of Southern America back up to the United States.
What is your funniest or most embarrassing foreign language conversation/translation story?
Confusing pregnant (embarazado) for embarrassed (avergonzado) is a pretty classic mistake.
Have you been able to utilize your Spanish language skill in a foreign country? How and where?
I have used my relative fluency in Spanish both in the United States and in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Its fun to learn the different ways people in different Spanish speaking countries communicate. I have also tried to use broken Spanish in lieu of Italian, French and Portuguese, which is not recommended.
What do you like most about studying Spanish at Eckerd?
My favorite part about obtaining my Spanish minor was being able to complete my minor while studying at the University of Barcelona. I was able to get Eckerd credits while traveling around Europe, lamping on the Mediterranean coast, and enjoying awesome Gaudí architecture. I also completed my Psychology major while taking classes with Spanish students at a historic (circa 1500s) European university.