Students of Latin American Studies at
Colby College have a diverse range of
interests and pursuits that reflect the
interdisciplinary nature of the program. LAS majors have studied throughout the region, and many will go on to pursue careers and research opportunities within the field.
Emily Sapoch ’16
Emily is a senior from Hopewell, New Jersey. She double majors in Latin American Studies and Education with a concentration in Human Development. During the fall of her freshman year, she studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain which peaked her interest in the Spanish language. However, she was drawn to the Latin American Studies major because of its interdisciplinary nature, which has allowed her to study anthropology, government, as well as history and Hispanic literature. In Spring 2015, Emily studied abroad again in Santiago, Chile at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile where she also volunteered as an English and math tutor at an after-school program for at-risk Santiago youth. After her semester in Chile, she volunteered during the summer with an education NGO in Guatemala City as a teaching assistant in an experimental kindergarten as part of a Walker grant. She is specifically interested in bilingual education both internationally as well as within the United States. On campus, Emily mentors with Colby Cares About Kids, tutors Spanish,and competes as a member of the Colby Woodsmen team.
Sophie Bartels ’17
Sophie is from Hanover, New Hampshire and is double majoring in Latin American Studies and Global Studies. Her interest in the region began after taking an introductory history course on Latin America during her freshman fall. She is currently studying abroad for the semester in Santiago, Chile. She is specifically interested in social activism and education systems in Latin America. On campus, Sophie is a member of the crew team and the student Oak Committee.
Clare Murray ’18
Clare is from Weston, Connecticut and is double majoring in Latin American Studies and Economics. Her interest in Latin American Studies drew from her family members' rewarding experiences there. She is excited to be studying abroad in Monteverde, Costa Rica this summer. There she will also be volunteering with CASEM, a non-profit arts and craftsmanship cooperative of local women artisans. For her fall semester in 2016 she will be studying abroad in Latin America as well. She is very interested in the economic development of Latin America as well as the ways in which the arts can assist in that. On campus, she is a Varsity Swimmer and the Community Service Chair of the Swim & Dive Team and a member of the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Museum's Student Advisory Boards.
Lina Makino ’17
Lina is from Boston, Massachusetts and is majoring in Latin American Studies and minoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is a current junior and is studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the year. Her interest in Latin America began when she spent seven weeks in rural Nicaragua, working with a small community to help build roads and worked with Oxfam America in the years following to support women in Guatemala with their small businesses. She is specifically interested in women's rights and domestic violence issues within the Latin American region and how it relates to the ideas of machismo deeply ingrained within may of its countries. On campus, Lina is a member of the cross-country and track teams and is a research assistant for the anthropology department.
Katrina von Hahn ’17
Katrina is from Toronto, Canada and is a member of the class of 2017. She is a Latin American Studies and Sociology double major and Anthropology minor and will be studying in Santiago, Chile in the spring of 2016 through the Washington University in St. Louis program at the Universidad Católica de Chile. After living in Latin America the first 12 years of her life, she decided to pursue the LAS major in order to learn the history of her birthplace and understand the cultures she was exposed to. On campus she is a tour guide, a COOT and Iced COOT leader, a member of the Oak Student Committee, and on the 2017 Class Council.
Emily Boyce ’16
Emily is from Houston, Texas and is a Government and Latin American Studies double major. As a native Texan, Emily was exposed to Latin American culture at a young age, and has been fluent in Spanish since high school. She studied abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay in the fall of 2015 with the Middlebury Schools Abroad program. While abroad, she was directly enrolled in a local university, traveled around Uruguay and Argentina, and volunteered at a center for mentally retarded adults. For her senior honors Government thesis, Emily is examining the means by which the Mexican Judiciary enforces accountability measures for federal police officers in Mexico. This work will include a research trip to Mexico during Jan Plan. Aside from academics, Emily works with the Office of Campus Life as an Area Resident Director, and is a captain of Colby's Varsity Women's Crew Team.
Caroline Tegeler ’16
Caroline is from Needham, Massachusetts and is double majoring in Latin American Studies and Anthropology. Her interest in the region was sparked during a trip to Guatemala in high school, and she has since visited several countries and continued studying the region. In Spring 2015, Caroline studied abroad in Mérida, México at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán with IFSA-Butler. She is specifically interested in anthropology, indigenous rights and sustainable tourism and is writing her senior honors thesis about the tourism industry in the Yucatán Peninsula and its portrayal of Mayan indigeneity and identity. On campus, Caroline is a captain of the ultimate frisbee team and sings in an a cappella group.