Meet a Modern Language & Literatures Major


Carolina Boutureira ’15

Extra-curricular activities: 

  • The Quadrangle (student newspaper)
  • Lasallian Collegians

Why did you choose your major? 

I come from a Spanish background and have always been very enthralled with any remnant related to the country of Spain along with all other Spanish-speaking countries. I found making Spanish my major a means of becoming more in tune with all that each culture had to offer, something I am currently very grateful for. 

What has been your favorite class? 

I really enjoyed Dr. Gottlieb’s Great Hispanic Poets course (SPAN 423). I studied the works of many poets, which also allowed me to learn about their countries and histories. It was an immense pleasure to have been part of a really unique course that taught me more than I could have imagined learning within the classroom.  

Have you done any research projects?

I am currently working on a research project with Dr. Evelyn Scaramella based on the Spanish Civil War. It is extremely rewarding because Dr. Scaramella is very knowledgeable in this area of study having done her doctorate on this topic. It is an honor to be working with her on this project. 

What are your plans after graduation?

I would love to be an international journalist of some sort.

Have any professors particularly influenced you?

Dr. Gottlieb has really influenced my experience being a Spanish major. I have had her as a professor and also as an adviser, and she has been nothing but kind, helpful and supportive. She has opened me to opportunities I never thought possible, both in my work as well as within myself. 

What’s your favorite thing about this major?

The cultural events because these provide a chance to learn outside of what you are exposed to in the classroom. I have seen famous Spanish directors, Spanish plays and have experienced a taste of many different internationals cultures. 

What’s the most difficult thing about this major?

The work load is challenging because there is a lot asked of you, especially when it comes to reading. Reading is a big part of the major, but if you really enjoy this area of study, it really won’t be so burdensome. 

What advice would you give to new students trying to select a major?

Recognize what you are passionate for and just go for it. No matter what is it, you must always focus on what you enjoy. It can be a very hard experience, coming to terms with what you would like to do for the rest of your life, but in all honesty, it will all work out. Just chose the path that YOU desire. 

Make the most out of it and take any opportunity that is given. College is about making mistakes — many of them — when it comes to deciding your future, and that is okay. Just use this experience to find yourself and ultimately, the person you want to be.