Congratulations to our Chinese Majors!

Chinese Majors 2016 MLL Graduation Ceremony

MLL Graduation Ceremony (15 May 2016) Picture 1: Marshall Richards, Isabel Perrin, Benjamin Neville, Jacob Keohane, Skyy Eshleman, Gille Cuda (Note: Five other seniors, including Max Lipkin, Charles Kelly, Rachel Johnson, Kathy Shi, and Lauren Leupold, also graduated. They could not attend the MLL graduation ceremony because of other commitments.) Picture 2: Chinese majors and… Read More

C.J. Aftergut ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies


The Hispanic Studies faculty had a profound impact on my W&M experience, always encouraging me to extend my learning beyond the classroom. Through summer study abroad in Cádiz and individual research on the body of work of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, I made the most of my Hispanic Studies education. Profesora Stock’s Mapping Cuba… Read More

Christina Alcorta ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies and International Relations


My name is Christina Alcorta and I’m an International Relations and Hispanic Studies double major. I knew coming into college that I wanted to continue my Spanish classes because I have family members in Argentina that I wanted to be able to communicate and visit with. I was expecting more grammar and vocabulary lessons but… Read More

Karen Alvarez ’16 Senior Profile: French and Francophone Studies


One of the best experiences of my life was studying abroad. I was fortunate enough to study at Science Po Lille where they were so welcoming. Lille became my home away from home. While I have studied French since the 7th grade my French exponentially improved during the six months as I took French classes… Read More

Nadeem Bohsali ’16 Senior Profile: French and Francophone Studies


As a Freshman, I had no intention to major or minor in French – I was simply taking classes at my own leisure to make my science-heavy course load a little bit more tolerable. I enjoyed classes so much that I decided to minor, then major in French. My favorite class was Prof. Rabalais’ course… Read More

Beatrice Chessman ’16 Senior Profile: German Studies


German Literature class was the first time I explored a topic for a paper that I was truly excited about. I realized I could connect the text to a theme in the world of visual arts. Suddenly I felt that I had important thoughts and I wanted to get them down on paper. Since then… Read More

Abby Conners ’16 Senior Profile: French and Francophone Studies


First of all, I really enjoyed each of the French courses that I took at William & Mary. I learned a lot not only about French & Francophone language and culture, but also about larger applicable ideas outside of the class context. Both of the courses that I took with Magali Compan stressed thinking outside… Read More

Gillie Cuda ’16 Senior Profile: Chinese Studies and International Relations


In late summer of 2012 after already completing the dreaded online, I was notified that I had been awarded a scholarship to study in Chongqing, China for a full academic year. I spent the next month hurriedly figuring out my plane flight, how to defer admission at WM for a year, and obtaining a… Read More

Aida-Stephanie Dohou ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies


I have truly enjoyed all of the Hispanic Studies Classes I have taken throughout the years, especially the classes that have challenged me the most because they were outside of my comfort zone such as my two senior seminars “Dictatorship Cultures” and “Franco and his Ghosts”, as well as “Urban Images” with Professor Longo. Majoring… Read More

Ryan Durazo ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies


I can barely begin to describe the impact the Hispanic Studies major has had on my life; even the friendships I have today wouldn’t have been possible without my time in the Casa Hispánica. I’ll always remember the classes that brought to life the stories of the Spanish speaking world, classes like Prof. Greenia’s “Hispanic… Read More

Skyy Eshleman ’16 Senior Profile: Chinese Studies


I have always loved learning languages and this was the main reason that I enrolled in Chinese 101. As I continued to take more classes in the Chinese department, I began to love the language more and more. All of the professors are extremely helpful and truly want to see your Chinese improve and see… Read More

Claire Etheridge ’16 Senior Profile: German Studies


My experience with the German Department has been an amazing part of my undergraduate career. I started at William and Mary as an International Relations major, but as I fulfilled my language requirement with German I discovered amazing classes with inspiring professors, fascinating discussions, and opportunities to improve my writing and interpretation skills. I decided… Read More

Naomi Feliz ’16 Senior Profiles: French and Francophone Studies


The French and Francophone Studies Department was, as the French say, génial!

Lauren Fernandez ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies


The most important thing the Hispanic Studies Department taught me is that education is about more than grades. I was a transfer student and I took two classes in Hispanic Studies my first semester at William & Mary, with Professor Root and Professor Cate-Arries. The classes were both challenging compared to anything I had taken… Read More

Matthew Ferry ’16 Student Profile: Russian Studies (RPSS)


My adventure through RPSS began my freshman year in a fantastic course on Russian Myths and Legends. I was fascinated by the richness of a culture that Rocky and Bullwinkle had always taught me was foreign and taboo, and I soon realized that if I hoped to learn any more about it I would need… Read More

Emma Hall Kessel ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies and History


As a double major in Hispanic Studies and History, I’ve enjoyed my last three years at the College after transferring my freshman year. This past summer, I had the pleasure of studying abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and during the fall 2015 semester I studied abroad in Seville, Spain. I’ve been honored to take… Read More

Stephanie Heredia ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies


I came to William and Mary with plans on majoring in English and Philosophy. When registering for Fall classes, I didn’t get all of the classes I wanted because I was a freshman of course and needed a class to fulfill the 12 credit requirement. All the classes were pretty much taken except for a… Read More

Joanna Hernandez ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies

Joanna Hernandez Professional Pic

The Hispanic Studies Department gave a voice to my reality. All my life I’d experienced my Latin-ness outside academia and had rarely studied it beyond my own experience. I entered my first Hispanic Studies class at William & Mary and immediately knew it was the perfect department for me. I felt consistently empowered as I… Read More

Hannah Hoff ’16 Senior Profile: French and Francophone Studies

Paris- Louvre

I loved studying abroad in Montpellier, France during the spring semester of my junior year. It was an amazing to not only travel all over France, but also to live with a French family. My French got so much better, and being immersed in French culture really helped us understand the country! It was fun… Read More

Chantal Houglan ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies


Under the guidance of Professor Cate-Arries, I engaged in a research project in Cádiz, Spain during the summer of 2013. My research focused on a Cádiz-based fashion festival’s function as a cultural escape valve during a worrisome economic crisis. My research demonstrated how fashion functions as much more than just a showcase for material possessions,… Read More

Alex Jimenez de Alcantara ’16 Senior Profile: French and Francophone Studies


Studying abroad in Montpellier, France my sophomore year of college was an unforgettable experience in my life. It was a dream come true to be able to study and travel to cities in France, like Nice, Avignon, Marseille, Lyon, and Paris. I will always be grateful to the Department of Modern Languages at William and… Read More

Jacob Keohane ’16 Senior Profile: Chinese Studies


I became a Chinese major almost by accident. Although I arrived here intending to put my days of studying Chinese behind me, I went on the W&M at Tsinghua University summer abroad program my sophomore year as a sort of last hurrah. Surprisingly, I found those seven weeks weren’t enough, and went abroad again for… Read More

Maddie Lewis ’16 Senior Profile: French and Francophone Studies


I had a great experience in the French Department. All of the professors I was lucky enough to take classes with were fantastic. Not only were they knowledgeable about their subject matter, they were also passionate about teaching. I have learned many valuable skills from them that will help me go on to be a… Read More

Max Lipkin ’16 Senior Profile: Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies


I was a student of Chinese and Japanese, taking four years of Chinese language courses and three years of Japanese. My favorite electives have been Professor Tang’s Chinese poetry, Professor Kitamura’s East Asian Cinema, and Professor Cronin’s Japanese Pop Culture. I lived in the Chinese language house for my sophomore and junior years, and loved… Read More

Matt Longabaugh ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies


My favorite classes were both of my senior seminars, global issues in poetry, with Teresa Longo, and dictatorship cultures, with Silvia Tandeciarz. I’d like to thank both of them for showing me perspectives I could not have otherwise studied. I also highly enjoyed introduction to philosophy, which I took at the Universidad Nacional de La… Read More

Carly Machlan ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies


My hands-down favorite experience as a Hispanic Studies major was studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain during the fall of 2014. Not only did my Spanish abilities improve exponentially, but I experienced life as a Sevilliana for four months, spoiled by the love of my host parents, the ecstasy of churros, and the absolute beauty that… Read More

Katie McGhee ’16 Senior Profile: Italian Studies


This may surprise people who know me, but studying Italian at William & Mary has been a joyful four-year-long leap out of my comfort zone. I came to William & Mary dreading the language requirement because it would cost me twelve to sixteen credits – time that I could otherwise spend studying something I was… Read More

Emily McLenigan ’16 Senior Profile: French and International Relations


Emily McLenigan is an International Relations and French major from Clifton, VA. She has immensely enjoyed her time in the Modern Languages Department at W&M and her favorite memories range from making new friends and savoring the results of their culinary exploits at the French House to researching the geography of the Tour de France… Read More

Benjamin Neville ’16 Senior Profile: Chinese Studies


Some of my best experiences in the Chinese Languages and Literatures department were writing research papers. I took Dr. Yanfang Tang’s Chinese poetry class in the spring semester of 2015, and Dr. Calvin Hui’s Senior Seminar on Shanzhai Culture in the fall of 2016. Both of these professors allowed and encouraged me to research things… Read More

Gregory Packer Jr. ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies & International Relations


I have been taking Spanish classes since I was in the 7th grade (I was living in Seoul Korea at the time). So it was a natural progression for me to double major in Hispanic Studies and International Relations. I have really enjoyed many of my Department of Modern Languages classes but two of them… Read More

Isabel Perrin ’16 Senior Profile: Chinese Studies


My name is Isabel Perrin and I am a Chinese major here at the college! I had a bit of a crazy life growing up overseas in Asia and South America but my time in Beijing was especially influential. Studying Chinese with Su Laoshi and Zhou Laoshi has been incredibly rewarding, 谢谢您! Not to mention… Read More

Gilbert Pitcher ’16 Senior Profile: German Studies and Russian Studies


I declared my German Studies major shortly after transferring to William & Mary my sophomore year. Around the same time, I decided to pick up a second language, so I started taking Russian courses. I had a number of Russian friends growing up, and the language and culture had always interested me. I spent my… Read More

Nic Querolo ’16 Student Profile: Japanese Studies


Nic Querolo has taken courses in the Japanese department throughout his time at the College. He studied language and international business abroad at Keio University in Tokyo during the spring semester of his sophomore year. Upon returning, he began the process of creating his own major in Japanese through the Charles Center since it is… Read More

Marshall Richards ’16 Senior Profile: Chinese Studies


The most important experience I had with Chinese was in the six months I spent studying abroad in Beijing. Not only did I learn more than I ever could have in the US, I had experiences that I may never have had the opportunity to otherwise. Were it not for the guidance of professors in… Read More

Diana Ruiz ’16 Senior Profile: French and Francophone Studies


My most memorable and important education experience was when I studied abroad in Montpellier my Junior year. It was a very challenging but truly rewarding experience. Living with a host family forced me to speak French constantly and it really helped me improve my language skills. I was also able to travel throughout France to… Read More

Julie Seeley-Hall ’16 Senior Profile: Russian Studies (RPSS)


My time in the Russian department at William and Mary has been fun and rewarding. I’ve enjoyed improving my Russian both in class and in the St. Petersburg study abroad program. More than an academic program, the Russian department has been a welcoming community. From guest lectures to Maslenitsa at the Russian house, it is… Read More

Jillian Sequiera ’16 Senior Profile: Italian Studies and Government


Jillian Sequiera is a Government and Italian Studies double major who recently received Highest Honors for her thesis “Antifascist Graffiti: Crime or Contribution?” Jillian is an editor at the Writing Resources Center, a writer for the Law Street Media blog and a TA for the Italian department. Her favorite courses as an undergrad were Terrorism… Read More

Spencer Small ’16 Senior Profile: Russian Studies (RPSS)


As a graduating senior with a degree in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, and a minor in History, the world is truly my oyster. Immediately after graduating I ship off to Russia to study at Lobachevskii State University of Nizhnii Novgorod (Нижегородский государственный университет имени Н. И. Лобачевского) with the Critical Language Scholarship. Afterwards I will… Read More

Jacqui Sorg ’16 Senior Profile: German Studies and Linguistics


My foray into German Studies at William & Mary has been fast-paced and thoroughly rewarding: after my first year I enrolled in the six-week summer abroad program in Potsdam where I tested into the more advanced course and subsequently went on to more advanced literary courses in the following semesters despite beginning to study German… Read More

Genevieve Spuhler ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies

Study Abroad (GS)

The most important educational experience I had was without a doubt my study abroad experience. I spent the fall semester my junior year (Fall 2014) in Sevilla, España with the William & Mary program. While the classes I took in Spanish were very manageable, the homestay experience was definitely the most impactful. When you have… Read More

Tori Taggart ’16 Senior Profile: French and Francophone Studies


One of my favorite experiences in Modern Languages was studying abroad in Montpellier during summer 2014. Even though it was only a month, I had a wonderful time and learned a lot from the grammar course at Paul-Valéry and my projet de recherche. I loved staying with my host family, getting to know and cooking… Read More

Arianna Talaie ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies and Government


Arianna Talaie majored in Government and Hispanic Studies during her time here at the College, combining her two passions of foreign policy and languages. Her interests in globalization, diplomacy and transnational migration led her to walk 75 miles of the Camino de Santiago route across northern Spain during the summer of 2014 to advance research… Read More

Juliet Waters ’16 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies


All the teachers in the Hispanic Studies department have made important impressions on me through their individual interests I have been able to learn about such wide variety of cultural issues. My most notable educational experience was going abroad to Cadiz, Spain last summer. The classes I took there were amazing at challenging me to… Read More

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