Foreign Languages Program: Student Spotlight

Melissa Keisling

Melissa Keisling

Class of 2018
Major: Physician Assistant with Spanish Minor 
How will foreign language impact your future? I will be working with people every day as a future Physician Assistant and not just people that speak English, but people that come from all different cultural backgrounds. Having Spanish as a minor will be incredibly helpful for communicating to those in the hospital/doctor's office who need medical attention, but Spanish is their only spoken language. I also can further use Spanish if I wanted to travel and work internationally or in third world countries where Spanish is the primary language providing medical aid.  
Favorite Quote: "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone." -Audrey Hepburn

"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone."

Kristin Kelly

Kristin Kelly

Class of 2015
Major: Psychology & Minors in Spanish and Illustration 
How will foreign language impact your future? Learning Spanish will help me communicate with people that I may come across in my field of study. Plus, living in a heavily Spanish-speaking city, I will be able to communicate with those living around me. 
Marywood Memory: One of my favorite memories at Marywood comes from my freshman year during the spring semester. It was about 80 degrees out and my Introduction to World Literature class convinced the professor to let us go outside and read Othello under a giant tree

Sydney Kishbaugh

Sydney Kishbaugh

Class of 2015
Hometown: Nescopeck, PA
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders & Minor in Spanish
How will foreign language impact your future? As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I will be working with individuals to improve their speech and communication skills. Through this practice, it is possible that I will encounter clients whose primary language is Spanish and are learning to speak English. The knowledge that I have gained and the experiences that I have had with the Spanish language will aid me in working with these clients. I believe that knowing a foreign language will lead to opportunities in my future that I would have otherwise been unlikely to experience.

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Melanie Kobela

Class of 2017
Hometown: Mountain Top, PA
Major: Spanish/French Secondary Education
How will foreign language impact your future? Foreign language is my future. I am so excited to be able to spread my love of languages to other students. After I master Spanish and French, I am sure I will begin learning even another language.


If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart. -Nelson Mandela

Melissa Kowalski

Class of 2017
Hometown: Landing, NJ 
Major: International Business & Spanish 
How will foreign language impact your future? Being able to effectively communicate with people of a difference culture with respect is beyond valuable. 

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." -Frank Smith

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