Department of Modern
New Concord, OH 43762
Students Kirsten Sears and Laura Soper presented their senior research papers at The 22nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference in April 16, 2010 at Butler University. Based on Argentinean last dictatorship, both students interpreted literary texts produced in the aftermath of the dictatorship. While Kirstenís work titled "De izquierda a derecha: Argentina y la última dictadura" interpreted a contradiction of ideologies, Laura did a political reading of two short stories written by Julio Cortazar in "El compromiso politico de Cortazar."
Spanish and International Affairs major Morgan Brown ('09) presented his Spanish senior seminar research paper at the Ohio Latin Americanist Conference at Ohio University in Athens in March, 2009. The title of the paper was "Notas de viaje de Ernesto Che Guevara: Diarios de un viaje y testimonio de su concientización."
|"Studying abroad in Mexico was a diverse experience, from exploring
its modern cities to its ancient archeological sites to its gorgeous beaches.
It was fascinating to become integrated into a culture that is struggling
to merge with the modern "westernized" world, all while holding onto its
distinct Latin American roots. While the travel opportunities in Mexico
are endless, with great landscapes and endless charming towns to visit,
it's really the warmth of Mexican culture that invited me to study abroad
there and something I will never forget. People are unbelievably welcoming
and because not many speak English beyond the university environment, using
and improving my Spanish was necesary. In short, my experience allowed
me to see past the negative stereotypes of Mexico so I could enjoy a culture
so far from that of the US, yet so close to its borders."
|"After spending half a year living in Spain and traveling to different
countries, I feel as if I have had a unique and truly unforgettable experience,
to say the least. I have not only made life long friends, but I have also
had the opportunity to see parts of the world and how vastly divergent
our planet is. This experience has only furthered my interest in learning
about other cultures and sparked my curiosity to know more about the world.
I would highly recommend it to students who are curious about the world
and have an interest in language immersion."
|"Studying abroad in Toledo was an overall enriching experience for
me. It was an opportunity to take courses that interested me and at the
same time improve my Spanish. Also, I was able to meet not only local Spaniards
but also international students from a wide variety of countries; many
of whom I keep in regular contact and plan on visiting again. Anyone considering
studying abroad should do it because its a one-time experience that one
will never forget."
|"While abroad in Spain outside of my normal class schedule I got a
chance to visit 3 continents (Europe, Africa, and Asia) but whenever it
came time to return to Toledo, Spain I felt like I was coming home.
The different cultures my friends and I experienced on out spring break
or weekend get aways reminded us how great our study abroad experience
was. One example that made us all feel extremely proud of our spanish
was being in Morocco where we couldn't communicate the simplest things.
Upon returning to Spain we felt relieved to know that our spanish skills,
though not great, were at a level where we could go about our daily business
and have small talk on the side. This may not sound impressive but
it's a great feeling to know that you are not dependent on others, just
the language. I know for a fact that this semester I will be feeling
homesick for my 5 month study abroad (vacation) in Spain."
|"Studying abroad is an adventure beyond all description and no matter
how much you hear about it or think you know about it, there is only one
way to find out what it is really like. My name is Jourdon Leymon and I
have been fortunate in having two opportunities to study abroad, once in
Argentina and once in Spain. I am unable to fully relay how much a study
abroad program can teach someone because when someone is actually in another
country learning new costumes, traditions, eating different food, meeting
entirely unique people, speaking in another language, and adapting to a
completely new and exciting way of daily life, the most subtle life lessons
are learned and experienced by that student. There is no end to the possibilities
when studying abroad because you become immersed into something so special
and so unique that unimaginable before leaving this country. For me, the
way in which our country tends to block itself off from the rest of the
world and focus so intently on itself prevented me from understanding how
fantastically diverse the rest of the world could be. Upon discovering
my own little piece of the world throughout my travels, a certain motivation
and curiosity has been ignited to further investigate this incredible planet
along with the wonderful ways of life and people who inhabit it."
|"I knew I wanted to study abroad, and in getting to know the Spanish
teaching assistants I was able to ask questions about the two universities
in Spain and Argentina. They were such a great resource, and in the
end I selected a university because I felt I would personally fit best
there. I knew I would be learning a lot more Spanish, eating new
foods, and probably dancing some Tango in Argentina, but I didn't realize
how much I would learn about myself. Regardless of what study abroad
program you select, you will learn an incredible amount about yourself,
accumulating life skills that will continue to serve you long after you