Spanish Senior Profiles 2021

Every spring, during the last week of class, the Department of World Languages and Cultures honors its graduating Spanish seniors at our awards ceremony.  This spring, we are sadly unable to gather in person, but we still wish to recognize our seniors and all of their accomplishments of these past four years. Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

Sarah Bortz will be working for Blue Cross Blue Shield after graduation in their IT department as a digital analyst. While she does not have any specific plans in Spanish, she hopes to return to Granada, Spain in the near future, where she studied abroad in fall of 2019, to visit her host family if Covid allows. But the world ended the semester after her study abroad experience, so she is very hopeful that she will get to see them with that luck! She will be moving to the Chicago area this summer for work from her home of Memphis, TN and is excited for the new experiences that are in store!

Madeline Brown
As someone who has been involved with the chapel, as well as with the Spanish and Theology departments during her time at Valpo, Madeline is interested in figuring out how she can use what she has learned about Spanish and Spanish speaking communities to serve others.  She has been seeking opportunities primarily in the realm of church work, non-profit organizations, or social services. Although She does not have set plans yet, Madeline has been working with some of her mentors from Valpo to connect with internship or full-time work opportunities in one of these fields.

Roy Cain
As a senior in the Spanish Program here at Valparaiso University, Roy has had experiences that have impacted his present life and the future that is to come. As of now, Roy can say with confidence that he is able to survive in a Spanish-speaking environment and he is able to form bonds with people of different countries and cultures. Roy knows this because he has already done so. His love for the language has only grown as he has had many opportunities to express himself in the classroom, through literature and even in daily conversation. As for what the future holds, he wishes he has an exact answer for this question. His ideas have gone from teaching, to acting to even working for the Catholic Diocese. Working for the Church appeals to me more as that is where Roy has found his identity and where he thinks he could offer the most help to people of the Hispanic community that are in need. Roy will always keep Valpo in his heart and will continue to learn for the rest of his life.

Cecelia Frankewich
After graduation Cecelia plans to attend University of South Florida to pursue a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in global health practice.

Krystal Peña
Krystal will be working as an Embedded Software Test Engineer in the Electronic Test Team in Caterpillar in Peoria, IL. She will be responsible for testing the inputs and outputs of an engine through software and simulation.

Stacey Province is going on to work for an international Catholic non-profit organization that aims to give Christian formation specifically geared towards middle and high school age students. She does not currently have plans for graduate school, but it is not out of the question for the future. She does plan to work for some time abroad after a few years of experience in the non-profit field. She will use the skills she learned from her Global Service and Spanish majors of cultural competence, communication, and a constant desire to continue learning in order to relate to and interact better with the different people she will interact with in the coming years.

Yasmín Ramos
After graduation Yasmín is planning to further her education and pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here, at Valparaiso University, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor upon completion of her Masters.