Graduates 2013-2014

Brittney Gordon ’14 Senior Profile: Hispanic Studies

gordonI will be graduating with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Accounting with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. I knew I was a Hispanic Studies major at heart since high school, when I became fascinated with the Spanish language and culture. Upon entering William & Mary, I was deeply involved with the Latin American Student Union and became empathetic of the Latino community on campus and abroad. As I took Hispanic Studies classes, I fell more in love with the subject. With the guidance and support of my wonderful professors, I learned to be critical and academically skeptical of information and historical accounts, as they may be censored, incomplete, or representative of only one perspective, leaving out a multitude of other viewpoints and marginalized voices. Because of this, I have grown not only academically, but also personally in becoming a conscious citizen of the world and appreciating worldviews different from my own. For this, I will be forever grateful.

Highlights from my experience include studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica where I studied at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica alongside local students who soon became my good friends, and completing my practicum during a winter break trip to Cuba with the Mason School of Business, where I conducted interviews with locals, community leaders, academics, and government officials to develop a business plan for a sustainable, social-entrepreneurial business based in Havana.

After graduation I will be taking the Certified Public Accounting exam and will begin working in the audit practice of Ernst & Young. One day I aspire to found my own socially-conscious business addressing issues in Latin America.