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I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about trying to recover my Spanish. I’ve no doubt forgotten a lot since my two years of study in Howland High School (where I scored first in the State on the Spanish scholarship team) and  my four years of study at Oberlin College (and the University of Guanajuato).  I’ve been blessed to know so many Carroll students across forty years who speak Spanish and have been fortunate to know a number colleagues in our Modern Language program. Que lástima that I didn’t make better use of our time together to improve my speaking skills.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with a recent graduate who soon will have his first graduate school interview for a Ph.D. program in New Mexico. Buena suerte, Luis!

As he was leaving, after our obligatory selfie, he suggested the idea of our trying to do some writing together. I like the idea and would welcome in the future writing opportunities with former students.

Here is something he wrote for me a few years ago when he was an undergraduate.

I’ve invited one of my talented advisees to share his career goals. Specifically, I invited him to write me a short autobiography (in English and Spanish) which you’ll find below. Carroll has two relatively new programs which draw students who speak Spanish or which might be of interest to Hispanic populations: SALUD and PASOS programs. Luis recently created the Bienestar Milwaukee web page and is being mentored by me in using WordPress.



Hello, my name is Luis Esquivel, and I am a student at Carroll University. I am currently a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in public health. As graduation quickly approaches there are three options that I am strongly considering after graduation. First, is going straight to graduate school, the second is joining the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and finally staying in my current job at a healthcare clinic in Milwaukee where I have the opportunity to explore different possibilities. For example, further developing the role of a mental health assistant which includes mentoring and building a relationship with the youth who visit the clinic. Another example includes implementing a men’s health program that aims to screen, and help male patients suffering from chronic condition through education, and changes in lifestyle.


Hola, Yo me llamo Luis Esquivel. Soy estudiante en Carroll University estudiando psicología, y salud pública. Solamente me faltan dos semestres antes de graduarme. Soy nacido en México pero he pasado la mayor parte de mi vida en los Estados Unidos. Todavía no estoy seguro sobre la dirección que voy a tomar después de graduarme pero esta entre estas tres opciones. Continuar mi educación en escuela de postgrado, también estoy considerando ser voluntario Jesuita por año. Finalmente tengo la opción de continuar trabajando en una clínica de salud en Milwaukee donde hay espacio para crecer profesionalmente y personalmente. Un saludo para todos.