Sample of LAS Students
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.
Marie Bebear 15′
Marie is a junior Latin American Studies major from Manhattan, New York. Her entire family is from France and she graduated from Lycée Français de New York, The French School of New York. Marie goes to France twice a year to visit her family. She was a febfrosh in Spain her freshman year and will be going abroad to Buenos Aires in the spring. She volunteers at Educare and for Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK). Marie is also a French tutor and both ushers and records concerts on campus. Over the years, she has learned a lot about American and French culture and would now like to learn more about Latin America. Marie looks forward to studying abroad because she would like to live in Latin America in the future.
Kate Bellerose 14′
Kate Bellerose is a senior Spanish and Latin American Studies double major from Newton, Massachusetts. During the summer of 2011, she spent one month volunteering with a Spanish language immersion preschool in her hometown, and then spent the following month interning at a free health clinic in Guatemala City. After conducting research for Professor Ben Fallaw during the summer of 2012, Kate studied abroad in Santiago de Chile for six months. Currently she is working on a senior thesis on Xuxa and the representation of race, gender, and beauty in Brazilian media.
Caroline Tegeler 16′
Caroline is from Needham, Massachusetts and is double majoring in Latin American Studies and Anthropology. After a trip to Guatemala in the 10th grade, she has continued to have an interest in Latin American culture and Spanish. She will spend a semester of her junior year abroad with the hopes of becoming more fluent in Spanish and immersing herself in local culture. On campus, Caroline plays ultimate frisbee, volunteers with Hardy Girls Healthy Women, sings in a, a cappella group and the collegium chamber singers choir, and plays the guitar.
Kelly Carrasco 14′
Kelly is from Vacaville, California and is pursuing a double major in Latin American Studies and Spanish. Her sophomore year she was awarded a Walker Grant to intern during January 2012 at La Casa de Panchita, an NGO in Lima, Peru that works for the rights of domestic service workers. She went to Peru a second time to study abroad during her junior year in the IFSA-Butler program and became involved with a women's rights organization: el Centro de la Mujer Peruana: La Flora Tristán. She is currently preparing an honors thesis on abortion policy implementation in Peru and looks forward to staying in Lima this upcoming January for her fieldwork.
Chloe Gilroy 14′
Chloe is from Pleasantville, NY and is pursuing a double major in Government and Latin American Studies. During the summer of 2012, she received a Walker Grant to work at an emergency shelter for undocumented immigrants in the city of El Paso,TX. Chloe will be returning to the border this January to conduct fieldwork for her honors thesis in Latin American Studies. During the fall of her junior year she interned with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland, ME. While there, she helped Spanish-speaking immigrants file for Deferred Action. She also spent last semester studying abroad in Argentina, and had the opportunity to intern at an immigration advocacy center in downtown Buenos Aires.
Katelyn Engler 16′
Katelyn is a 2012 graduate of Weston High School. At Colby, she is a double major in Latin American Studies and Anthropology. After an exciting first semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain, Kate is eager to begin her second year. Kate’s internationally-traveled early years (from Italy to Argentina) have left her thirsty for more. She hopes to spend her junior year at Colby exploring the vast wonders of Latin America. Katelyn has worked at a local pet store for the past four years, pausing briefly to intern at a social media advertising agency in Boston.
Thomas Gregston 16′
Thomas is from North Conway, New Hampshire and currently plans on double majoring in Latin American Studies and Classical Civilizations Anthropology. During his first JanPlan at Colby he was able to visit Cuba with a comparative legal studies class offered through the government department. This year he will be co-leading an Alternative Spring Break trip to Guatemala City that will focus on alternative education for kids born in a municipal dump.
Alli Nolan 14′
Alli was born in Torrance, California and resides in South Paris, Maine. She is a senior Latin American Studies major with a minor in Education. She has worked extensively with English language learner programs and her sophomore year she received a Walker Grant to work as a teacher’s aide in a bilingual elementary school in Lennox, California. She spent her entire junior year abroad studying in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and in Salamanca, Spain. She is currently in the process of creating a documentary film that explores the rupture of the Cuban family resulting from Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. In the future, she would like to work in the non-profit sector. Specifically, she would like to work designing and implementing community development programs through educational means.
Annie Bacher 14′
Annie is originally from Amherst, New Hampshire and is a senior Latin American Studies major. During the summer of 2012, she worked as a teaching assistant in an educational reinforcement center in Guatemala. She studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and returned this summer to research for her honors thesis, which looks at the ways in which the Argentine economic crisis of 2001 has contributed to the growth in the circus culture of Buenos Aires. After graduation, she is interested in continuing her work teaching English to Spanish speakers.