by Carli Smith & Chris Levine
For our project, we created profiles on past U of I students who are working or have worked in social entrepreneurial careers related to Spanish and the community. Each past student was interviewed with the same set of questions. These questions focused on the positions and roles that they have, how prepared they were from the Spanish program at U of I, and advice for future students looking to follow similar career paths. We were able to contact Nicole Stawiarski and Jessie Faus. To create these profiles, we decided to write blog posts for Ann’s blog that showcased the students’ achievements, along with allowing them to explain what they’re up to, how they’re doing it why they took the path that they did.
These profiles showcase the strengths of the Spanish program at U of I, specifically Spanish in the Community and Spanish & Entrepreneurship. Each profile displays a different social role that Spanish students can look for after graduating from the University. Through reading these responses and talking to these former students, it is evident that they are applying material from Spanish in the Community, Spanish and Entrepreneurship and the Spanish program at U of I in general. Current and future students now have access to these profiles to aid in their search for possible career paths through the Spanish program at U of I. Given the struggle to find jobs for students currently graduating, it can be intimidating to graduate with such abroad major. These profiles help not only give current students ideas about the possibilities with their Spanish degrees, but to encourage them to do great things similar to what these former students have done.