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Steve M.

Major(s) and Certificate(s) 

Spanish

Graduation Year 
1990
Current city 
Marblehead
Current state/province/country (if outside US) 
MA
What have you done since graduating from UW-Madison? 

After 5 glorious years at Van Hise I worked in Madrid at the Ministry of Defense of Spain. My current job has included selling IT security software and hardware in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. My customers have been Telefonica of Argentina, Banco Santander of Brazil, Chile and Mexico, Banco Bradesco of Brazil, SkyTV of Mexico and many more.

What motivated you to study this/these languages? 

In the 80's my parents had exchange students from Spain and France live with my brother and me in Framingham, MA. I went to the University of Alicante, Spain during the summer between high school and college.

How have these languages enriched your life? 

With at least 25% of Americans speaking Spanish as their 1st or 2nd language, I feel fortunate to speak Spanish every day.

What do you remember about your UW language classes? How were they different from other classes you took? 

Language classes were all much smaller than in non-language classes.

How valuable were your out-of-classroom experiences? 

I spent the fall semester of 1987 at Saint Louis University of Madrid.

How have you maintained or improved your language(s) since graduation?  

Emailing and calling in Spanish to customers and resellers in South America keeps me in practice.

What advice do you have for current language students? 

Language students should plan on moving abroad for a year after graduating.

What is your favorite word or phrase in a language you know? 

Juerga, hasta las altas horas de la madrugada