Assistant Professor of Spanish
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
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In Their Own Words
Students of Spanish
Class of 2016
Why did you decide to study Spanish in college?
I am studying Spanish because I think it is the most beautiful language in the world. I also hope to use it to help run my own business in the future. I took Spanish throughout high school so it made sense to continue it in college. During my time studying Spanish at Eckerd it has really become a passion for me!
What is your favorite Spanish word, term or expression? Why?
Word: Durazno - peach
Phrase: Buscarse la Vida - go look for your life
I also really love the phrase, "te echo de menos," which means I miss you, but literally translates to “I am thrown by your loss." I think that is too sweet.
What is your favorite Spanish speaking country and why?
I don’t know if I can say that I really have a favorite. I have been to quite a few. Costa Rica, Ecuador and Spain definitely compile my top 3 because they are the countries I have spent the most time in.
What is your funniest or most embarrassing foreign language conversation/translation story?
During Winter Term of my freshman year I was in Ecuador trying to tell my host mom that I was going out to a club for the night and probably not going to sleep for very long. What I actually said was that I was going to sleep at the club. She was really confused until I re-explained. We had a good laugh once we got it figured out.
Have you been able to utilize your Spanish language skill in a foreign country? How and where?
I spent my last two Januarys studying Spanish in Ecuador(2013) and Spain(2014). In both cases I stayed with amazing host families and got to become a part of the national culture for 3 weeks. I try to utilize my Spanish at home in every way possible- I will talk to anyone!
What do you like most about studying Spanish at Eckerd?
I love studying spanish at Eckerd because there are amazing opportunities to improve your Spanish on cool trips and in interesting classes. I also love the Spanish faculty. They are all so amazing.