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Alumni Highlights

Megan Varnadore '14 varnadore.jpg
Spanish Major

"When I visited Catawba, I was immediately drawn in by how beautiful the campus was. That's what really got to me. Besides that, the atmosphere in Salisbury and Catawba's campus was so peaceful and accepting. As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew this was the place for me! Spanish has always appealed to me and I was good at it in high school. Though I originally came to Catawba as a biology major, Spanish continued to draw me in. After obtaining a degree in Spanish, my hope is to make my career at a hospital as a Medical Interpreter!"


Susan Fisher '11 fisher.jpg
Spanish Graduate

"I chose Spanish as my major because I had studied the language since I was a child and wanted to continue my formal education of the language. With the number of Spanish speakers growing in the United States, I understood how invaluable being fluent in Spanish would be once I was looking for jobs after college."


mccullough.jpgKali McCullough '10
French Graduate

"I chose Catawba because the campus was so gorgeous, and the professors made me feel so comfortable and welcome. They helped me learn in the classroom, but also became really great friends of mine outside of school. There is no better place to learn what you love and be able to live it. The professors are incredible, the student body is diverse, interesting, and amazing.After college, I would like to teach English in France through a position with the US Embassy."

While at Catawba, Kali's activities included: Editor of the Arrowhead, member of Alpha Chi, Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Iota, Wigwam, E.C.O., and the Honors program; volunteer at Rowan Helping Ministries.


dani.jpgDanielle Schneider '09
Spanish Graduate

Danielle, from New Castle, Del., is a 2009 graduate who majored in Spanish. She is employed as a Spanish teacher at a private boys' school, Salesianum, in Wilmington, Del. While at Catawba, she was a student-athlete who played field hockey, served as a Catawba Ambassador and was very involved in Wigwam Productions, the students' on-campus programming organization.


thomson.jpgAileen Thomson '08
Spanish Graduate

"I chose a Spanish major because I love the language and learning about other cultures. I spent a month in Costa Rica with a Catawba program, and it was a great experience, adding to my education both academically and personally. A Spanish major will help my career in International Development, especially working in Latin American countries. I believe that knowing another language and understanding another culture is crucial to success in today's world in any field."

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More Highlighted Alumni

  • Kyle McAleese '06
    Spanish teacher and men's soccer coach at West Rowan H.S.
  • Yolahn Nicole Hobson Thompson '06
    Bilingual officer of a Charlotte savings & loan company
  • Keely Litaker '05
    Bilingual emergency dispatcher for Cabarrus County Sheriff's Deparment
  • Melissa Gabriel Martin '03
    Middle school Spanish teacher in Montana
  • Koji Krzywosz '03
    English teacher in Costa Rica
  • John Meeker '02
    Working with Young Life in Argentina