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Image of David Banas David Banas '16

History & Mathematics major; German minor
David Banas is pursuing his MA in History at Central Michigan University. He believes that studying a foreign language is paramount to one’s success in academia.


Ren Crudele

Image of Ren Crudele

French and Cultural and Global Studies

While stepping out of her comfort zone so far from home was a daunting idea at times, Ren Crudele, a double-major in French and Cultural and Global Studies, spent her first year at CMU exploring and discovering organizations, communities and places she could call her own.


Image of Mane Gomez Mane Gomez, '18

Spanish major
​As a first-generation college student, just stepping foot on a college campus was a success for Emmanuel "Mane" Patiño Gómez. But he didn't stop there. During his time at CMU, Mane took advantage of many unique opportunities available to students.


Image of Mike Griffin Mike Griffin '11

German & History major
Mike Griffin is teaching German (and occasionally history) at Romeo High School in Romeo, MI. He credits his semester abroad in Bielefeld, Germany, with improving his German language proficiency enough to have it be the focal point of my professional skills.


Davi​d Sellinger '14​

David SellingerGerman & French major
While at CMU, David Sellinger loved his classes in World Languages. He loved them so much that majored in both French and German, and is now in graduate school for German. He sums up the surprise experience in World Languages nicely:

​“In my freshman year I fully intended on going into something completely different. My father was a computer programmer, and I figured I liked programming enough that I would go into that as well. But literally my first ever class in college was German 101—and it only took a week or two to figure out that I wanted to completely switch what I was originally was going to do so that I could teach German instead. And I haven’t looked back since.”


Image of Deyonko ThomasDeyonko Thom​as ​'15

International Business major; Japanese Language Proficiency, N2 Certification

Deyonko Thomas is teaching English at an elementary school in Japan. While at CMU, he completed an intensive language program in Hikone, Japan, for one semester.



Jami Watson

Jami Watson French major; Political Science minor​​
First-generation French major Jami Watson knows how to make the most of her education here at CMU. After a semester-long study abroad in Angers, France for her major, she is preparing to study abroad in Japan during her last semester at CMU. What does Jami plan on doing after CMU? She’s aiming to put all of her work in French, Japanese and political science together in a graduate program in the U.S. or in France in intercultural communications. From there, she is looking to work in diplomacy.​

“(The Department of World Languages) has given me so many tools in preparing for my future. The professors not only help with in-class learning but also spend enormous amounts of time mentoring and guiding students to success outside of class.”