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Andrea Cruz Bracamontez ’24

“I’ve been motivated by many professors in the Modern Languages Department to pursue leadership opportunities both on-campus and off-campus.” Having parents who are immigrants from Puebla, Mexico, junior Andrea chose to major in Spanish to “get a better understanding of the cultural and linguistic components of the Spanish language.” Her Spanish and LALACS courses, as […]

Michaela Woodward ’23

“From study abroad, to internships, to on-campus opportunities, the professors in the MLLC department are always supportive of their students and have their best interests in mind.” Michaela is a senior Spanish, LALACS, and Film Studies major and Russian & Eastern European Studies minor from Greenville, Wisconsin. Her curiosity for the Spanish language initially began […]

Jorge Koenen ’25

“The professors’ aim is to make the learning environment safe and welcoming to facilitate an environment that is optimal for learning.” Jorge was drawn to the Spanish major at Gustavus as someone who grew up speaking Spanish. Being born in Guatemala, he says, “I enjoy learning about the diverse cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.” Jorge is […]

Justin Schriever ’23

“The professors here are so supportive and genuinely interested in their students.” Justin  was originally interested in Gustavus because of its Education and Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies departments, which would eventually become his two areas of study. He has combined these two areas through his Communication Arts/Literature Teaching major and Classical Languages minor. Justin […]

Kaija Pratt ’24

“I get excited to go to class and clinical every day because I know I am surrounded by others passionate about the same thing that I am.” With athletics having always been a big part of her life, Kaija knew she wanted this to continue as she moved through Gustavus and onto a career. She […]

Nico Lohman ’23

“[The Athletic Training faculty] have provided me with the tools to succeed in my future by really caring about me not only as a student but also as a person.” Nico was drawn to the athletic training program through his relationship with his athletic trainer in high school, saying “he had a cool job, so […]

Hayley Trebil ’23

“Small class sizes allow me to hone in on my skills in the lab.” Hayley came to Gustavus thinking that she wanted to pursue a biology degree and become a Physician’s Assistant. However, having had multiple complex chronic illnesses herself, she realized that her nurses have always been her biggest caregivers and advocates. She ended […]

Bailey Wagner ’24

“It is such a blessing to be surrounded by people with whom I can have a range of conversations. We can have intellectual discussions about ancient references in modern media, whether or not Sauron is a blackhole, or what the prettiest duck species is.” Originally focused on her Chemistry major, Bailey was first drawn to […]

Mel Pardock ’25

“The department works hard to ensure that students are learning in a way that leaves a lasting impact and the community is full of kind, intelligent, encouraging  people that want to ensure that you are experiencing the language and culture you are studying fully.” Mel was initially drawn to Gustavus with intentions of pursuing a […]

Sara Baxter ’23

“Studying abroad gave me opportunities to dive deeper into subjects on Japanese culture.” Sara, a senior from Wisconsin, was interested in studying languages even before coming to Gustavus, learning Italian as a hobby when she was a child. She started taking Japanese language courses in high school and really enjoyed it, and she knew that […]