MSUM students are doing amazing things. Our students embrace diversity, challenges, opportunities, unique experiences and continue to produce incredible results. Our students participate in student organizations, attend and present at regional and national conferences, compete at regional and national competitions, collaborate on faculty-mentored projects, gain hands-on experience through internships, help coordinate community service projects, and more. Many have won prestigious scholarships for academic excellence and many have won awards for their stellar work inside and outside of the classroom. See what the students from the Languages and Cultures Department are doing.
Points of Pride
Spanish, Elementary Education
Jenna Hafner, Spanish Education
"The classes are always really fun and interesting. It’s not just sitting in a lecture, you get to participate and use the language. They help you get out in the community to use the language, too."
"One of the faculty members organized a month-long trip for me to Costa Rica to teach English, which I could not have done without her. She did everything for me, and she’s helping me get credit. They’re really there to help you on a personal level. You’re not just a student; they know you, they know what you want to do. They’re just so great at helping you with your goals. I’ve had professors help me get involved with teaching in elementary Spanish classes after school through PTA. I’ve been to a couple different schools and churches in the area that have programs for their kids. I’ve studied abroad, I spent six months in Spain. I also work at the Language Villages Spanish Camp."
"Whatever I decide to do I know my professors will have the connections to make it happen. Whether I want to teach, work in a study abroad office, or be a translator, I know they’ll be able to help me out, which is really comforting. They have connections globally."
Natasha Smith talks about her experience