"At UMass, I realized that learning Spanish is about immersing yourself in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. And that is why I decided to dive in and pursue my Spanish studies."
Victoria Abramchuk is an alumna from Agawan, MA. She graduated with three majors: Economics, Legal Studies, and Spanish. Her interest in Spanish comes from her passion for language and its power to connect people.
“I finally found my purpose at UMass. I realized I could be the voice of a whole community, especially in the science and medical areas, where Latinos are still the great minority.”
Melissa Rodríguez is a sophomore. She moved to the US from Cuba four years ago, and lives in Winthrop, MA. She is on the pre-med track pursuing a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a secondary major in Spanish, and a certificate in Translation and Interpreting. She hopes to utilize her Latino culture in the fields of science and medicine.
“I believe that it is truly important for us to grow and step out of privilege here in the US. We take so many things for granted. Why not use your position and privilege to do good?”
Krista Webb is a Class of 2017 UMass alumna from Templeton, Massachusetts. Her cultural fluency and love for travel have opened countless doors for her both personally and professionally. Over the years, Krista has travelled to many different countries and her travels have solidified her passion for helping others and serving the community.
"Just as important as it is for teachers to be bilingual, educators also need to learn about the diverse cultures of the students and help them bring their own perspectives and experiences into the classroom."
Brook Hansel is a senior student from Lunenburg, Massachusetts. She will graduate at the end of spring 2019 with a primary major in Spanish and a secondary major in History. She is an athlete on the UMass cross country and track and field teams, and a member of the Commonwealth College. Next fall Brook will be living in Galicia, Spain. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.
"I made it a personal goal to make any place where I work or study, an accessible and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of what language they speak."
Adrelys Mateo Santana is a Psychology major specializing in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services. She is also pursuing a secondary major in Spanish. Adrelys was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, but currently lives in Lawrence, MA. She loves education and is grateful for the opportunity to attend UMass and follow her two passions, Psychology and Spanish.
“Both my knowledge of Catalan and experience in translation led me to develop my profile as a translator, especially as someone working from Catalan into English, a highly sought-after language pair.”
Andrew Schwartz is from Andover, MA, just north of Boston. He graduated from UMass in 2017 with a major in Spanish and minors in Economics, Catalan, and Portuguese. The year after graduation Andrew completed an M.A. Translation, Interpretation, and Intercultural Studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has recently received his official certification of fluency in Spanish and hopes to do the same for Catalan this coming spring. Andrew’s hope is to move to Barcelona in the near future.