Carlene (Carly) Gubash ’12
Hometown: Blaine, Minnesota
Major: Spanish/Teaching K–12
Why St. Kate’s: I highly recommend St. Kate’s. All the professors are personal and very supportive. For example, in my first year I played the part of Matilde in “The Clean House,” a play on campus. I had to open with a long joke in Portuguese, a language similarto Spanish. Professor Kristina Bonsager worked with me outside of class to teach me the correct pronunciation and to help me perfect the monologue. My Spanish professors even came to watch me perform!
Study abroad: I went to Ecuador in fall 2011 and Spain for J-term 2012. Almost all my credits fulfilled St. Kate’s Spanish requirements, and one course fulfilled my history requirement as well.
Internship opportunity: I’m a Spanish Circle coordinator at Jane Addams School for Democracy in St. Paul. My work constantly changes depending on the day, but in general, I facilitate cultural and language exchanges between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking groups of people, and help with translation during the conversation.
I also lead a 30-minute Welcome Workshop every Monday and direct people to the resources they need. These include citizenship exam study guides, books and writing materials. I’m fortunate to meet people from all around the world and listen to their stories. This improves not only my Spanish, but also my cultural awareness.
Gaining professional skills: I had the opportunity to be a Spanish student-teacher at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul and Annunciation Elementary School in Minneapolis. I found out about these opportunities through St. Kate’s education department.
I also worked during the summer as a teacher in a bilingual pre-school program through Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) and volunteered as a translator and kitchen facilitator at La Conexión in Minneapolis — both of which I had heard about from professors in our Spanish program.
Family at St. Kate's: My younger sister, Marnie, is majoring in pre-physical therapy, and my grandma, Sharon Abbott, is also a Katie.
Advice to new students: Be open to meeting new people, trying new things and putting yourself out there.