Ph.D. Student and Teaching Associate, UCLA
“It has been a wonderful experience to use the knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish that I acquired at CSUF to teach these same languages to a new group of students.”
Allie first became interested in the Portuguese program as a Latin American Studies major looking to learn another language that would complement her education. As a long-time lover of Brazilian music and culture, Allie found CSUF's Portuguese courses to be a perfect fit for combining her studies and extra-curricular interests.
Following her time at CSUF, Allie went on to earn her M.A. in Portuguese Linguistics from UCLA, where she is currently a Ph.D. student and Teaching Associate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Allie credits the training she received in Portuguese at CSUF for giving her the confidence to study abroad at the State University of Campinas in Brazil – an experience she describes as transformative. There, she first had the opportunity to work in a phonetics laboratory, which showed her new ways that she could use Portuguese as a means to understand larger language phenomena. Allie loves that she is able to use and study Portuguese on a daily basis, and it is something she plans to do for years to come.
Owner, "My Gym" Children's Fitness Center
"Every semester Professor Hussar challenged us, and it made me look into Brazilian culture with an unbiased perspective."
Roberto initially decided to study Portuguese at CSUF because, as a Brazilian, it was his native tongue, and he thought it would be a natural fit and something that he would enjoy.
“As my classes progressed further in depth, Professor Hussar made me become more interested in the program,” Roberto recalls, reflecting on his time spent learning about Brazilian culture, literature, and history. He adds, “Every semester Professor Hussar challenged us, and it made me look into Brazilian culture with an unbiased perspective.”
Today Roberto owns his own business, a “My Gym” Children’s Fitness Center in Buena Park. Additionally, he works with the “My Gym” Brazilian Master Franchisor with brand and program development.
“I believe that opportunities are always presented to us, throughout our lives,” Roberto says. “My degree has given me the wisdom and ability needed to make the most of those opportunities.”
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