Ben Jacobson, Spanish and Industrial Engineering major, was one of three Iowa State students to receive the 2014 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievements of graduating seniors who “display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni.” We have asked Ben to tell us about his Spanish studies at WLC and his career plans.
I chose to study Spanish at Iowa State because cultures and countries are no longer separate. In this global economy, it is important to have an appreciation for other cultures. The ability to speak with a larger percentage of the global population is becoming more and more of a necessity. Aside from the benefits of studying Spanish in the WLC department, I also enjoyed my time there. I studied abroad in Spain the summer after my freshman year and had a blast. Valencia is a gorgeous city and I met so many interesting locals. Living with a “Señora” (House Mother) also really helped me integrate into the culture. Back at Iowa State, I met many passionate students in the WLC department. These students all had a great understanding of the world, which allowed me to grow in my own understanding and to also make many great friends!
After graduation, I will continue my studies at Iowa State in the Human-Computer Interaction and Industrial Engineering Graduate Programs. My studies will focus on optimizing educational systems through technology. This requires an interdisciplinary approach in many different fields. My time in the WLC department will help me understand how to create educational systems around language learning and developing cultural understanding.
On a side note: I plan on returning to Spain this summer to travel more of the country and meet more people!
You can read more about Ben, visit the ISU Alumni Association page.