Where are they Wednesdays: Stories of UNCW Spanish Alumni

Rosie Swinehart Class of 2014 - Combined Spanish BA/MA

Why did you study Spanish?

I love the language! But also because it’s so important to be able to communicate with people. I think everyone should learn another language - it helps you better understand other people and cultures.

How do you use Spanish now?

I am a Wish Coordinator for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. I am the only employee in my office who speaks Spanish, and I personally help all Spanish-speaking families in our territory with an eligible child through each step of the wish process. Not only do I owe my job to my language skills, but it’s so rewarding to know that I get to be a light in these deserving children and their families’ lives and my language skills allow our organization to better serve more families, make the families feel comfortable and meet each family where they are.