Spanish Alumni Feature
News Reporter, Univision
"My degree in Spanish has helped me immensely in my work in the field of Spanish-language media."
Entering CSUF, José already knew that he wanted to be a journalist. The obvious path was to major in Communications, but it was his decision to double major in Spanish that ultimately led him to his current job.
Today José works for Univision Fresno. Prior to his position as a news reporter, he worked on newscasts in Texas and Reno. José credits a lot of his success to his decision to double major in Spanish, stating that "my degree in Spanish has helped me immensely in my work in the field of Spanish-language media. I learned many things that I put into practice every day, when I write my news reports."
Beyond the professional milestones that his degree has helped him to achieve, José says that studying Spanish instilled in him a love for Latin American and Spanish Literature, which has deepened his understanding of his culture and given him the urge to travel.
Assistant Principal of Pupil Services, Sunny Hills High School
"A degree in Spanish allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher and administrator."
As an undeclared freshman, Hilda worked at her local church translating the Sunday bulletin. It was there that she realized that she did not truly know her first language. Consequently, she became interested in learning correct Spanish spelling and grammar.
"My sophomore year at CSUF, I decided to switch my major to Spanish," Hilda recalls. Upon graduating, she continued her education by enrolling in the CSUF credential program. After completing the program, she obtained her first Spanish teaching position at Ramona High School. From there, she moved to La Habra High School.
While teaching at La Habra, Hilda furthered her education yet again, obtaining an MA in Secondary Education and an Administrative Credential. "A degree in Spanish allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher and administrator," Hilda says. Today she serves as Assistant Principal of Pupil Services at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton.
Weather Anchor, Noticiero Telemundo
“Ser hoy mejor que ayer y mañana mejor que hoy.”
Michelle holds a BA in Journalism and a Minor in Spanish. Her decision to study Spanish-language journalism was based on her desire to strengthen her first language, Spanish, in order to help the Spanish-speaking community.
Michelle can be found nowadays on Telemundo 52 as the Weather Anchor on the morning edition of Noticiero Telemundo. Prior to joining this program, she worked at several Los Angeles stations as an entertainment reporter and co-hosted at Univision Palm Springs. She was also nominated for an Emmy for the series “Una esperanza en Paso Doble.”
Michelle likes to use a phrase that she has adopted as her own personal philosophy – “Ser hoy mejor que ayer y mañana mejor que hoy” – which translates to “Be better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today.”
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