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Modern Languages and Literatures

Ashley Gora

Class Year


Area(s) of Study

Spanish and international relations


Crystal Lake, Illinois


Phi Sigma Iota
Spanish table
French table
Latinos Unidos


Data Analyst and Translator, Monteverde Institute
English teacher while abroad in Granada
Communications and Program Assistant, Monteverde Community Fund


Thesis with distinction

Graduate Study

MA, International Environmental Policy
MBA, Global Impact Management
Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California

Current Job

Program Coordination Assistant, Lyceum of Monterey County in California

How did you choose your area of study?

Time and life experiences teach you where your passions lie and what you are good at. The intersection of those spheres for me revealed itself during my sophomore year.  It was clear that I loved the Spanish language, Latin America, travel, and the environment, and that somewhere in the world there would be a career that encompassed all of these facets. Choosing my fields of study was just like creating stepping stones to the next stages of my career.

The faculty are all are simply fantastic. Faculty in the Modern Languages and Literatures department are professional and talented, yet also personable and truly care for their students. I greatly admire those who I have come to know well throughout my undergraduate years, and deem much of my success to their encouragement.

More information to share?

Learning a second (or third, or fourth!) language opens many doors both professionally and socially. It also makes study abroad a much richer experience. Both studying a language and going abroad provide you with a wider worldview, and that’s important because in order to make the greatest impact and solve the world’s biggest issues, we must be united as intercultural and multidisciplinary teams.