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Former Students Using Their Degrees

Another former student puts their degree to use in every day life.

Marlee Kingsley began her journey in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M in 2003. In 2007, she received a B.A in Spanish. She enjoyed several classes particularly linguistics (SPAN 352) and Civilization (SPAN 311/312). She remembers one special moment of the SPAN 352 class when a visiting professor from Uruguay, Lincoln Maiztegui Casas, helped the students understand better about Hispanic culture and language through his charisma and passion.

The Department of Hispanic Studies impacted Marlee’s personal life, letting her embrace other ways of seeing the world and living in it. It helped her see different perspectives of the same event and to feel empathy for people whose lives are different than hers. While she is now a management consultant, the ability to understand her customers’ needs, perceptions and challenges has led her to succeed in her work.

One of the things that define the Department of Hispanic Studies is their study abroad program. Ms. Kingsley traveled abroad to Ecuador. Where she learned a lot about their culture, geography, wildlife and its people. She remembers taking a hiking class where they went around an active volcano and through the Amazon Rainforest, pointing out that it was one of the most beautiful landscapes she has ever seen.

After her graduation on 2007, Marlee Kingsley did post-grad work in Australia as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Then, she moved back to Houston where she taught high school Spanish for 4 years. She then pursued a Master’s in international Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. After finishing her master’s, she started working at the British Consulate in Houston as Business Development Associate. Today, Marlee Kingsley works as the People Operations Manager in a consulting firm in Washington DC.