Q & A with Alumna Maira Gomez
- Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
Bowling Green attorney Maira Gomez graduated from WKU in 2012 with a degree in Spanish. Below she talks about why she decided to major in Spanish and how it contributed to her decision to practice law.
Q: What language did you study and why did you decide to major or minor in it?
A: I studied Spanish. I decided to major in it because I thought about possibly teaching Spanish at the college level.
Q: What were some highlights of the program?
A: Definitely, my study abroad experience in Spain! It was amazing-- I highly recommend it to everyone! Studying abroad not only helps you learn the language more, but it also helps you learn the culture and traditions. Plus, you get to travel!
Q: Could you describe your study abroad experience?
A: It was amazing! As part of the program, we got to travel to different cities near Segovia, Spain to learn more about the culture and history. We would have classes in the morning, on weekdays, and have the weekends off. The teachers were amazing, very kind and helpful in everything we needed, whether it be about school work or a personal matter. They always cared about your safety and well-being. During the weekends, many of us would travel to different cities. The bus and metro transportation there is easily accessible and very easy to manage. Every city that I visited in Spain is beautiful and so breathtaking! Definitely, an incredible experience and highly recommend!
Q: Tell us a little bit about what you are doing now.
A: I graduated from law school at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law in May 2021. I am currently working at English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLC as an associate attorney. My desire is to help people with their legal needs and to specialize in immigration law.
Q: How has your knowledge of another language contributed to your career?
A: Knowing a second language, Spanish, has allowed me the opportunity to communicate with Spanish-speaking people, who I would otherwise not be able to communicate with. Additionally, it has allowed me to connect with Spanish-speaking clients on a more personal level, as they can express themselves comfortably in a way that would not be possible with an interpreter.
Q: Why is learning another language important?
A: Learning a second language is so critical because it gives you the opportunity to communicate and interact with others who do not speak your language. It opens the door for more diversity and inclusion. It also provides you with more job opportunities.
Q: What advice would you give to those trying to learn another language?
A: Do it! No matter how long it takes you or how hard it is, just do it! And if you already know another language but don’t think you are fluent enough, don’t be afraid of speaking it . The only way you will get better at it is by speaking it and practicing it as much as you can.