Five College students to describe how learning a language helped them achieve their goals

Linking Languages and Careers, The Fourth Annual Five College Student Language Symposium
April 5, 3:00—5:30 p.m. Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall, Hampshire College 

In our increasingly global economy, knowing a second language can be a huge boost to getting a job and thriving in a career. With this in mind, the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages presents “Linking Languages and Careers: The 4th Annual Five College Student Language Symposium” on April 5 in the West Lecture Hall of Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson Hall. 

The symposium will feature 11 students and recent alumni/ae for whom knowing a second language made a significant difference in their academic research and careers. 

“We find that there are many situations in which a student's primary career goal—be it in business, political science, anthropology or many other areas—could be significantly advanced with language study,” says Anca Luca Holden, language pedagogy specialist at the Language Center. “Even in this country, people working in education, health care, and social work, for example, may need to interact with people who don't speak English, or have little command of English. As such, employers often look for people who are fluent or functional in another language.” 

The following students and alumni/ae will present: 

Amherst College
Katherine Pedersen ’19, Swahili

Hampshire College
Brianna Bryse Deane ’19, American Sign Language
Rebecca Thomas ’11, Spanish and Quechua

Mount Holyoke College
Kate Flaherty ’19, Russian
Evvie Halpert ’19, Italian 

Smith College
Caroline Dunbar ’20, Russian
Vivian Nguyen ’20, Arabic
Natalie Norberg ’19, French 

UMass Amherst
Joshua Castillo ’15, Swahili
Erica Johnston ’15, German
Nicholas Magnolia ’16, Spanish

To view a live stream of the symposium, click here or visit and follow the links.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. It is made possible thanks in part to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation. 

Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, Five Colleges, Inc., is a nonprofit educational consortium created in 1965 to advance the extensive educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions—AmherstHampshireMount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst

For more information, contact: Kevin Kennedy • • 413-542-4017