Professor of Spanish
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
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In Their Own Words
Students of Spanish
Class of 2015
Why did you decide to study Spanish in college?
I really enjoyed Spanish class during high school. So I thought, why not take a class at Eckerd? I made the decision to become a Spanish major when I realized how valuable it is to be able to communicate effectively with Spanish speakers abroad, but especially within the United States, where the number of native Spanish speakers is growing.
What is your favorite Spanish word, term or expression? Why?
My favorite word is "mono(a)". It means cute and pretty, but it also means monkey!
What is your favorite Spanish speaking country and why?
Spain is definitely my favorite Spanish speaking country! This past winter term I had the opportunity to study abroad there with Professor Molina. I loved the Alhambra in Grenada, the Prado Museum in Madrid, and of course the lively Flamenco performance—a hallmark of Spanish culture.
What is your funniest or most embarrassing foreign language conversation/translation story?
At the beginning of the semester, I was chatting with a Spanish friend about the classes I was taking. I began describing my Osteology class to her, which involves the study of the bones of the human body. So, told her I was taking a class on "huevos." She looked confused for a minute and then she replied, "Do you mean huesos?" As it turns out, I had told her I was taking a class about "eggs" (huevos), when I meant to say bones (huesos). Needless to say, we had a good laugh about my silly mistake.
Have you been able to utilize your Spanish language skill? How and where?
This past semester I volunteered at A.P. Leto High School in Hillsborough County. The majority of students at Leto have emigrated from Spanish speaking countries and have been living in the United States only a few months. As a tutor, I assisted a select number of students with the translation of textbook material from English to Spanish. My knowledge of the Spanish language has given me the chance to assist others in improving their English abilities, and in the process allowed me the opportunity to expand my Spanish conversational skills.
What do you like most about studying Spanish at Eckerd?
What I like most about studying Spanish at Eckerd is the enthusiasm, as well as the engaging teaching styles, of the professors in the Spanish department.