What I received from Salem State University
Daniel Godden, Spanish Program Alumnus
Hello all, I’m here to tell you about my experiences through college which brought me to where I am now: a Spanish teacher at a public high school. I began my college education as a Mathematics major. In the summer of 2008 I studied abroad in Oviedo, Spain for a month. I loved it. I fell in love with the language, culture and the people.
Upon returning I changed my major to Spanish. Later, in the fall of 2009, I studied abroad again, this time for a full semester. It was a fantastic experience. I lived with a host family. I learned so much, not only about the language, but also about myself.
I graduated with a B.A. in Spanish. I did not know for sure what I wanted to do, only that I wanted it to involve the use of my newly acquired language skills. A professor told me about a program in Spain where Americans can go teach English in a public school as a cultural ambassador. I chose to do the program and have not regretted that decision. It turned out to be another amazing experience and it confirmed my thoughts that I wanted to be a teacher. I was accepted for a position in Spain for the following year, but I decided it was time to find a job here in the U.S. I started applying, went through many interviews and was eventually offered a position. I am currently studying at Elms College for my M.A.T.
I also attended the 2013 annual MaFLA conference which was held in Sturbridge, MA. The conference involved a variety of workshops to help new and veteran teachers. As a new teacher, I learned so much about how to teach. There was also an exhibit hall which displayed language labs, textbooks and other things that aid in the learning process. I can honestly say that the education and experience I received from Salem State University led me to where I am now, and I am very happy with where I am. I am doing something I love, something that I was never sure I wanted to do.
To those reading this, I want you to do all you can while in school and take advantage of the opportunities presented, as I did. You never know where life will lead you.