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Taking Spanish At MC

When signing up for classes next semester I wanted to tell you about my favorite class here at MC: Spanish. I have taken 3 semesters of Spanish here at MC – from 101 to 201 – and I can’t wait to take 202 next fall!

Because I am a communications major, I have to take a foreign language. When I found that out, I was dreading it. I did not have a good experience with Spanish in high school so taking it at the college level was daunting. Luckily, that fear dissipated the very first day of class. My amazing professor, Carla Naranjo, was so welcoming and understanding; I knew this class would be great and it was/is.

Part of what makes this class so appealing is the work itself. We do a lot of partner work  Since some majors at MC require foreign languages, I have been in Spanish class with some of the same people the whole time which is awesome; we are like a little family. Everyone is learning together and works together to understand the Spanish language.

We also do culture projects each semester in Spanish, and they are my favorite part. We get to pick something about the Hispanic culture that we would like to learn more about and make a presentation on it for the class. My topics have ranged from food for the Day of the Dead to feminism in El Salvador. And if you take Spanish 201 with Professor Naranjo, you get to do a classroom exchange with the University of El Salvador.

We got to do a whole class video chat and get to know the students there that are learning English. Then, we each got assigned a student to be “pen pals” with, and we get to chat with them about whatever we want. I love it! I have a new Salvadoran friend that I would have never met without this class.

So if you need to take a foreign language, or an elective (or just for fun!), I recommend taking Spanish here at MC.

Adiós por ahora!


Cassidy Colbert

I am a 19-year-old lifelong resident of Damascus, Maryland. I am in my 3rd semester as a part-time student at MC. I plan on getting my Associates Degree in the next couple of years and then transferring to the University of Maryland at the Universities at Shady Grove (health permitting).

MC has been my academic home for the past year and I could not be happier. I started off my collegiate experience at Salisbury University in the fall of 2015, but due to my Chronic Lyme Disease, I was forced to drop out. I thought my academic life was over, as I was too ill to handle a full course-load, but that is when I discovered the part-time option at MC. MC gave the choice to take as many, or as few classes as I wanted, and because of this, I am now back on track to getting my degree. MC also offered me disability support services to further assist me in accomplishing my dreams.

I hope that this blog can help other students like me to see that even though they may not be taking the “traditional” route towards higher education, MC offers load of opportunities that will get us where we want to go. Whether you aren’t sure where you want to end up in life, or have another obstacle, like a chronic illness or disability, you can still reach for the stars and accomplish anything they want to here at MC. 

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  1. Hola Cassidy,
    ¡Gracias por haber escrito sobre la clase de español! Me alegro que hayas disfrutado del intercambio cultural con los estudiantes de la Universidad de El Salvador.

    Thank you for writing about our Spanish class! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the cultural exchange with the students from the University of El Salvador! This Global Classrooms project allows students at MC to meet students from another country to learn from each other.
    It has been a joy having you in my….3 Spanish classes! You mention that we are like a family and I could not agree more. Montgomery College has wonderful students who support each other in learning and in life. Thanks again for your blog post!

    Profesora Carla Naranjo

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