Allie Virginski obtained degrees in Spanish and international relations in the spring of 2021. She is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School and plans to pursue a career in international law. The following content is reused from a story on the Site of the Faculty of Arts and Letters.
The Spanish language is such a strong part of who I am. I absolutely love it. I used to take culture classes when I was younger, and I knew I wanted to continue with Spanish because it was such an integral part of my life.
Traveling to Spain was my second study abroad experience – the first was in the UK. During my time in Spain, I was immersed in the culture, taking classes at the University of Menendez Pelayo and speaking with native speakers.
During the summer of 2020, I had the opportunity to do a global remote internship as a legal intern working on consumer defense rights for mid-sized law firm Richardson and Asociados Abogados, located in Argentina.
I was able to provide them with what I knew about American laws and, as the internship was done entirely in Spanish, I continued to practice and develop my fluency in the language.
The internship was coordinated as part of the Global Remote Internship program. The program allowed me to come into contact with students from all over the world. As I spoke to students from other schools doing internships in countries like South Africa and China, I learned about the cultures and business practices they experienced.
Connecting with different people who share the same interests is so rewarding, while still being able to collaborate on projects. Sometimes I would think about things that they weren’t thinking, or they were thinking about things that I weren’t thinking about, so being able to swap those ideas about each other was really helpful.
We are so much more interconnected than we have ever been and, because of this, language is so important in being able to communicate with others. It is also a sign of respect.
These different experiences have shown me what interests me and the path I want to take in my career. I have learned a lot about myself, what interests me, my working style and my personality in general. Learning about cultures other than my own gave me new perspectives that allowed me to grow as a person.