I love Hispanic Studies because I value speaking a second language and learning about foreign cultures. I put my major to the test when I studied abroad in Central America, and was supremely pleased to find I was able to successfully communicate with the locals. And since no one else in my group spoke Spanish, this was really helpful too!
Upon graduation, I will be working for the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) at the Manassas National Battlefield and the Conway Robinson State Forest, where I will be designing interpretive materials and assisting on land management projects. And although my career goals lie in the environmental field, I am confident my experiences in Hispanic Studies will continue to come in handy as Spanish become more and more predominant.
And anyway, maintaining my language skills is a great excuse to travel!