Anthony Mason is a recent KU grad who double-majored in History and Spanish. Learning Spanish in high school made the choice of his second major an easy one.
“I took the required courses for my history major but I realized that I wanted to keep learning and I was fascinated with Spanish,” he said. “It opened up a whole to world to me and I decided to add Spanish as an additional major. It really complemented my studies in history.”
Anthony had the opportunity to spend five months in Argentina studying at a university and learning Spanish in a native environment. That, coupled with the right classes at KU, gave Anthony a rich command of his second language.
“One class that I found to be incredibly helpful was Spanish Phonetics. As a native English speaker, one of the hardest aspects of learning Spanish is getting the sounds and my accent correct,” he said. “The goal is to always sound like a native speaker and in this course we analyzed exactly how to produce the correct sounds. I feel my Spanish is much more convincing after having taken it.”
Originally from Minnesota, Anthony credits his Spanish skills with helping him hold down a job. “Whenever I go home, I work for however long I can at a hotel near my home. Many of the guests and workers speak Spanish so my boss has occasionally called me up to translate or assist someone. I am sure it is a reason why he keeps me on even though I am gone most of the year."
“My Spanish has been a topic that has been discussed in every job interview I have had in the past few years and it is clear that employers see bilingualism as a huge benefit and something they look for in new hires.”