Spanish Student Testimonial

What brought you to Bemidji State?

I decided to go to BSU because it was close to home, it had two different Spanish programs a B.A. or a B.S. and I fell in love with the campus. The campus was absolutely beautiful on the lake and from my classrooms, I was able to see outside.

When you graduate with your master’s degree, what do you want to do?

When I graduate with my master’s degree I would love to become a Spanish teacher, and possibly later on become a university professor.  I would like to travel to some of the different countries we discussed in class and see the culture I learned about from Miriam.

What was your favorite part of the Spanish program at Bemidji State? 

My favorite part of the Spanish program at BSU was Spanish club and my professor (and advisor) Miriam.  The Spanish Club provided a variety of cultural activities I was able to see carried out and participate in and allowed me to converse about the Spanish language and culture with others who had similar interests.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself during the program in class and in the club.  I loved that Miriam would challenge me, she took into account my interest for the language and culture and offered me the tools and experiences to expand my knowledge.  Miriam supported me and helped me throughout my studies and I have seen her several times since my graduation.

What advice would you give to students entering and are currently enrolled in the BSU Spanish program?

I congratulate them for choosing one of the best majors ever.  I would tell them that no matter how hard the language may seem, eventually something will click.  Any opportunity presented to you to practice the language, seize it!  Make the mistakes when you speak, don’t be afraid it’s the best learning tool.  Participate in the campus cultural activities, it may surprise you what you can learn and who you can meet from around the world.

Is there anything else that you would like to include?
I would add that if Concordia Language Villages or El Lago del Bosque is ever mentioned to you, go! Also, if anyone lives in the dorms, be open to living on the international floor. It’s amazing who you meet.