New Berlin, Wis.
Samantha Jasinski, ’13, didn’t know what, exactly, she wanted to major in when she first came to Carthage. She declared a major in psychology, something she performed well in throughout high school. Then, she changed her mind.
“I realized that a major was something that you not only had to be good at, but something that you honestly could see yourself doing every single day of your life,” Samantha said. “I realized that I enjoy myself the most when I’m in my Spanish classes. Lucky for me, at that time my Spanish teacher was also my advisor and he helped me make an easy transition.”
For Samantha, the biggest strength of theSpanish Department is the professors.
“My favorite aspect of the Spanish Department is the wonderful support system we have,” she concluded. “Every single Spanish teacher here at Carthage has so many years of experience. All of them bring their own experiences to the classroom, and are more than willing to share their experiences and knowledge with their students.”
As a modern language major, Samantha was required to study abroad for a semester. She spent the fall of her junior year in Seville, Spain, immersing herself in the language and culture of Europe. While there, she traveled all around Spain, rode camels in Morocco, saw the musical Wicked in London, and visited the Coliseum in Rome.
“Studying abroad taught me that all countries are in many ways similar,” Samantha explained. “It doesn’t matter that we live on opposite ends of the globe, because we all share the same wants and needs in life. It also taught me to enjoy what you have, live every day to the fullest and make sure every single day you take a few minutes to simply relax and enjoy your life.”
While abroad, Samantha was also able to develop her education skills. The company she used, CIEE, offers a program that is geared directly for students who plan to teach foreign languages.
“The most wonderful opportunity I had while studying abroad was the opportunity to teach four English classes a week to students in a Spanish high school,” she said. “I was able to work with a cooperating native Spanish teacher as well as develop relationships with all of my students. This experience enforced my desire to become a future Spanish teacher and gave me a once in a lifetime experience that I am able to bring forth in all of my education classes here at Carthage.”
Her semester abroad has not been Samantha’s only travel opportunity through Carthage. She also had a month-long language immersion in Costa Rica and went to Guatemala on a J-Term study tour.
“Carthage’s program stood out to me simply because of all the opportunities to travel,” Samantha said. “Traveling is my passion in life, and with this school I got the opportunity to not only travel once in college, but multiple times without falling behind in any of my classes.”
“Carthage’s program stood out to me simply because of all the opportunities to travel. Traveling is my passion in life, and with this school I got the opportunity to not only travel once in college, but multiple times without falling behind in any of my classes.”
“My short-term goal is to find a Spanish teaching job somewhere where there is warm weather. My long-term goal is to break into the administrative side of the education system and to make a difference for all students and to become a professor of education to guide future teachers on their journeys.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Edward Montanaro. He is my advisor, and he is my favorite because I have never met such an intelligent inspiring man who truly cares about the students. More than being extremely smart, he is always there for me and always helps me.”
“My favorite class thus far was Spanish 3110 because, although it was one of the more challenging classes I’ve had, it was a very engaging topic and I felt like I really accomplished something after it was done.”
“My toughest class thus far has was Chem 1010.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“Hanging out in the dorms with friends. Although a dorm is only a small box, there is nothing more entertaining in the world than finding random things to do with your friends.”
Favorite spot on campus
“Without a doubt, the library. The library is the absolutely best place to get tasks accomplished. I have countless times tried to do homework in my room and other places but it is nearly impossible because I always get distracted by other things. The library is always quiet and it is truly a calming place.”
Biggest surprise so far
“Simply the amount of opportunities I have gotten at this school. With the number of hours I get to spend in schools and the number of countries I’ve had the opportunity to study in has been amazing. I don’t think that any other school would have been able to give me as many opportunities as Carthage has.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“If you are considering becoming a Spanish major … DO IT! Think about it. No matter what other major you are in, Spanish will only be able to help you in the future. Knowing a language opens doors and allows you to communicate with millions of people. When you are finally in another country, able to communicate with a native, there is no better feeling of accomplishment.”