Zach plans to teach high school Spanish after he graduates from Northwestern, so he’s pairing his Spanish major with secondary education and K-12 teaching endorsements. His varied interests have led to involvement in A cappella Choir, the Ethnic Fair, Hoopla (a student activities talent show), traveling worship teams, NC/DC (Northwestern’s version of American Idol), and the Sunday Night Praise & Worship team.
I love foreign languages! I have since I started high school. It fascinates me that God’s people communicate in such interesting, different and awesome ways. I’m excited to be able to communicate with even more of my brothers and sisters in Christ around the world now that I’m learning Spanish.
Spanish is spoken by so many different people, and yet the Spanish in each country is very unique. Spanish spoken in Spain is different than Spanish spoken in Mexico. And there are words used in Cuba that have totally different meanings when you’re in Peru. The different varieties of Spanish seem unending, and I’ve loved digging deeper to learn about each country and its way of speaking this marvelous language.
Faith and learning
The professors in Northwestern’s Spanish department are what make being a Spanish major or minor so rewarding. Not only are they very knowledgeable, but they care about you as a person. I never expected challenging conversations in class that made me think deeply about my faith and who I am. I also never expected an invitation to come any time with questions about class material or even personal matters.
I live just north of Omaha. I chose Northwestern because it’s fairly close to home, it offers a great variety of majors to choose from, and it’s a Christ-centered college. Plus, every campus visit I made here was outstanding! What I love most about Northwestern is its size. Everyone knows your face and most know your name. I feel like I’m a member of a big family instead of just part of the crowd. I’ve gotten to know my classmates, wingmates and professors, as well as people in the community.
At Northwestern I’ve gained more than the skills I need to go where I want to go in life. Even more important, I’ve gained friendships that will last a lifetime. I’ve built relationships that won’t be broken by time and distance. I honestly love all the people at Northwestern, and I bet any other student you meet will say the same.