"I was able to land a job in Rio de Janeiro right out of college! Knowing Portuguese definitely made me a more versatile candidate."
Major(s) and Certificate(s): Accounting
Language(s): Portuguese & Spanish
Graduation Year: 2015
Current city: Wauwatosa, WI
What have you done since graduating from UW-Madison?
I moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and started working for Onlinetaxman.com, which is an expatriate tax accounting company. I help with the day to day tax accounting and use my Portuguese when working with clients located in Brazil.
What motivated you to study this/these languages?
I always had a strong interest in Spanish so I continued studying it at UW-Madison. I started taking Portuguese since taking another romance language was an option for the Spanish major.
How have these languages enriched your life?
I was able to land a job in Rio de Janeiro right out of college! Knowing Portuguese definitely made me a more versatile candidate.
How valuable were your out-of-classroom experiences?
I studied abroad in São Paulo, Brazil and it opened my eyes up to the rest of the world. If possible, I recommend everyone spending some time in another country during their time at UW-Madison.
What advice do you have for current language students?
Find people to practice with online!
What is your favorite word or phrase in a language you know?
E aí, mermão. Beleza?—”What up homie?”