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Meet Our Alumni

Recent graduates share how degrees in foreign languages can be used domestically and abroad in many diverse fields.

Foreign Languages

Ellie Ramm '09

Learning Spanish and studying abroad in Costa Rica while at Queens motivated me to continue my education overseas. I'm now studying eco-innovation in France. My Queens experience instilled in me that learning and travel are what put perspective into my life. They have broadened my ability to comprehend a world of new understandings. I totally advocate learning languages and then doing a study abroad in that language. It can really change how you feel, see and interact in the world.

Greer Nabb '10

Greer Nabb '10

Before attending Queens I dreamed of starting an international school.  In September 2010 I opened Ambassador Classical, an educational program based on a classical Christian model in which students get together weekly to discuss history, science, literature and worldviews and also to study French.  I also teach in various homeschool and private school settings in the greater Charlotte area. My intensive teacher training course in Bordeaux, France, where I went on my John Belk International Program trip in the summer of 2009, definitely helped me prepare for this career.

Philipe Araujo '08

Philipe Araujo '08

After majoring in Spanish and International Studies I aspired to travel abroad and work with varying cultures of the world putting my language skills to use. I especially wanted to continue to expand my understanding of developing countries and the Latin American world.  I now recognize how Queens, and specifically my courses in Spanish and International Studies, armed me with the attributes to achieve in any circumstance or professional endeavor.  I am a software trainer for a car company now.

Queens Foreign Languages

Claire O'Neill '10

After graduation as a member of an Americorps team, I performed full-time service for different non-profits and government organizations in the central/south United States... Queens instilled a passion for service in me, and that was the impetus for my joining Americorps. My program has taken me across the south-central U.S. with my 10 teammates.  I've slept in a college dorm, a one-room cabin, a minimum security prison (no inmates in sight), and a recreation center.  I've been trained on every trail maintenance tool imaginable, know how to handle a 15-passenger van in inches and inches of snow, am a certified Wildland Firefighter, and know all the American Red Cross standards for a proper disaster shelter.  My education at Queens is with me as I make it a point to critically assess why I am doing what I am doing, how it can be better, and what impact it has on the community. I have just recently accepted a position as a Development Specialist at the American Indian College Fund.

Tracey Keitt '10

Tracey Keitt '10

My wife and I will finish teaching in Charlotte in summer June 2011, and look forward to a new journey ahead.  We have felt the tug towards moving abroad.  We both speak Spanish, love the Latino culture and have always had "living in a Latino country" on our bucket list.  Long story short, no more than two months after making this decision we were made aware that both of our schools would be shut down due to budget cuts in the district.  For us this was just a more tangible closing of doors as others were being opened.  We have joined a missionary organization in Santiago, Chile and will soon be serving in inner-city schools, youth programs, churches and indigenous people groups in Peru and Ecuador as well.  Christine and I are extremely excited about this adventure.  If you'd like to keep up with "our story" as we move to South America feel free to check out our blogspot.

 

Foreign languages

Kelley Duffey '10

I graduated from Queens in May 2010 with a major in Spanish and concentrations in business and psychology.  I traveled to Italy with Queens on the John Belk International Program and had an amazing trip. Spending that much time in Europe made the decision to travel there again an easy one. I have been living in Madrid, Spain, since September 2010, and what an adventure it has been. I am working as an Auxiliar de Conversación through the Ministries of Education in Madrid.

Alex Munday-Paul '10

Alex Munday-Paul '10

I am teaching at the American Nicaraguan School which has roughly 70 students in grades K-12.  Most will go on to universities in the United States. They students are mainly Nicaraguan, but most of them have U.S. and Nicaraguan passports. I teach the diplomats' children. I also have quite a few students from all around the world: Croatia, Georgia, Netherlands, Austria, France, Korea, Mexico and many more countries. This is the perfect place to begin my career; I have a lot of support and I am learning so much. Every day is a new opportunity.

Stephanie Phipps '09

Stephanie Phipps '09

I am doing health education with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, teaching teens about pregnancy prevention and HIV/AIDS. I've had so many adventures, from learning "campo Spanish" to going door-to-door to help deliver vaccines to people who don't get routine medical care. Queens prepared me for this work in so many ways, from my amazing trip to Guatemala to my JBIP tour of Spain. Being exposed to other cultures, in other countries inspired me to live and serve abroad.

Casey Hastings '01

Casey Hastings '01

After I finished my graduate program at Georgetown University I worked at the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Congressional Affairs office, then for a lobbying firm called the Alpine Group and finally as a senior legislative assistant for Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC).  In 2008 I was hired by Motorola, Inc., as a Director in the Global Government Affairs office in D.C.  Every day I learn something new about the corporate culture, while combining my experience with Congress, the U.S. Government and international interests in the most challenging and most rewarding experience yet. In the past two years I have traveled to nine countries, some multiple times, with destinations as unique as Libya and the Republic of Georgia. I interact with foreign government officials and ambassadors covering Latin America, Europe and Africa. Every day I am thankful for this opportunity.  I know my Queens foundation is what helped get me here.

Rebecca Garate '04

Rebecca Garate '04

I am working as the International Program Director for El Nomad Immersion Programs. I work with our international university partners to provide quality Spanish language and culture, volunteer, and internship experiences to students, develop new group and individual programs, and work with international program participants to ensure they have the best international experience possible.  Queens provided me with the flexibility to study abroad to master my language skills and the opportunity to study where I wanted... My decision to study Spanish language has served me in every job I have had.  Spanish is not simply something to study, but a skill that will serve those who develop it for the rest of their lives.

Anna Gallant Carter '10

Anna Gallant Carter '10

Eighteen years after graduating with a bachelor's degree I applied to Queens to earn a degree in Spanish. The proficiency I gained has helped me in my volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador and inspired me to write a book that includes my photographs from my trips there. I am now a graduate student in Spanish and Translation Studies at UNC-Charlotte.


Katie Lyle '09

I am studying Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College. The nature of student-professor relationships at Queens really allowed me to develop connections with my professors during my time there. Getting to know my professors, who would one day become my colleagues, was directly beneficial in that they were able to write me sincere letters of recommendation. On another level, being able to foster those relationships prepared me for the intimate environment that I would encounter in my graduate program at Boston College. So far the Ph.D. experience for me has been a balance of rigor and thrill. Without the connections I have made here - and which I was so encouraged to make at Queens - I'm sure that equilibrium would not be.

Alice O'Toole

Alice O'Toole '07

After graduating with a major in French and Philosophy/Religion, I went, of course, to a Spanish speaking country. Inspired by my experiences during my Guatemala mission trip, I had gained a deep love for Central America and was itching to spend more of my life in this beautiful part of the world. I travelled to Honduras with the Passionists Volunteers International and spent a year forming relationships, serving the people of Talanga, and learning Spanish. Being in Honduras gave me an eye opening experience about how I deal with challenges, what passions I have, and the drive I have for my life. After Honduras, I have returned to Queens where I work in the Chaplain's office. I have the opportunity to be a part of many programs that allow me to share my passions and my beliefs about my faith in this world. I also have the huge blessing of being one of the leaders for the Guatemala Mission Trip that inspired me to take so many steps in my life-and continues to do so. I also get to help with translating in Guatemala-and funnily enough, would struggle to translate French!

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