Romance Languages and Cultures Alumnae Stories

Romance Languages and Cultures Alumnae frequently go on to use their languages in conjunction with work in professional, service, and voluntary agencies of the world. A good percentage of our graduates go on to teach in elementary or secondary schools, and many, recently, have decided to continue their studies at the graduate level, mostly by entering Master and Ph.D. programs in Romance Languages and Cultures.

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Alexis Holliday '16
Alexis Holliday ’16: I connected with the communities I was serving by communicating with lawyers, immigration officials, and youth in their own languages.
Julia Berazneva '04
Julia Berazneva ’04: MHC was a critical stepping-stone from my academic interests to a career bettering the lives of the poor and marginalized.
Meaghan Haenn '15: I studied abroad in Seville, Spain, where in the classroom I learned more about immigration, and outside of class saw the reality of it
Sara Redeghieri ’16 discusses her study abroad experience and how it shaped her life.
R. Aleida Montejo '2003, Co-founder of Thread Collaborative
R. Aleida Montejo ’03: my fluency in Spanish, French and Italian allows me to support my business in sometimes unexpected ways.
Merita Salihu '15
Merita Salihu '15: The cultural component of my studies allowed me to understand people beyond just having the language skills to communicate with them.
Photo of Maria Correa and Spanish Language Floor residents
Maria Correa FP '16 shares her responsibilities and challenges as the Community Advisor of a Language Living Learning program.
Astrid Baumgardner
Astrid Rehl Baumgardner ’73: Because of the academic rigor and encouragement I experienced at MHC, I have a life and career of passion and purpose.