Angela Haskett, Level 1.5
MA, European and Eurasian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University
What's it like to learn Spanish with a group of engaged, motivated students? Ask Angela Haskett. She's finishing graduate work at George Washington University. To prepare for her final language exams, she turned to Middlebury. "The quality of the students is very high, and everyone around you has the same goal," Angela says. "It's my third week, and I already see a huge improvement."
The cocurricular activities have also been a boost to Angela's language learning. As a part of the Entre Amigos group, the volleyball club, and the cooking club, she's developing a real-world facility that will give her a communication advantage in her new job at Amazon.com, where she'll interact daily with native Spanish speakers.
Julia Partington, Level 3
BA, Liberal Arts, Hampshire College
Americorps Social Work Fellow
Julia Partington's godmother attended the French School over 30 years ago and has always described that summer as a crucial push toward fluency in the language. That knowledge influenced Julia to choose Middlebury at Mills for Spanish language learning, and she's glad she did.
"This fall I will be starting a yearlong Americorps post as a social-work fellow at a health clinic in East Oakland. I hope to have the opportunity to use my Spanish in my job, and I definitely see it as a crucial skill when I look farther down the road. No matter what path I choose, I will be able to comfortably navigate and communicate entirely in Spanish, thanks to my summer at Mills."