Melanie (Meyer) Anderson (Spanish Education, graduated December 2003)

Spring 2006 109

I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. However, I decided to go ahead and take the extra classes to get certified to teach middle school Spanish. The following fall I received a job as a middle and high school Spanish teacher under emergency licensure. I have just completed my major in Spanish and am officially certified to continue to teach high school Spanish. I was able to visit my family in Costa Rica to take the final courses I needed to graduate.

I recommend a study abroad experience for anyone majoring or minoring in a foreign language. It is the best way to learn/master a language. Aside from teaching there are plenty of opportunities here in Wisconsin to get a job as a translator; either for local businesses who employ Spanish speakers or for hospitals or government establishments that provide services to Spanish speakers.