Name: Gabe Turner
Hometown: Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Senior Study: “El Gaucho Negro: Argentina’s Literary War with Blacks, Cowboys and Amerindians”
Q: Why did you choose Maryville College?
A: The mission statement (service to humanity) caught my attention. That has always touched me. I also liked the size of the campus, the smaller feel.
Q: Why did you choose to major in Spanish?
A: I lived in Honduras during my sophomore year of high school and liked that culture. I felt that Spanish was the right direction for me.
Q: In what ways has your Maryville College experience prepared you for your future vocation?
A: MC has made me a much better writer – I have come to love it. You can never dismiss the need to write well. Also, I see the concept of service to humanity working in myself and in the people around me (e.g., studying abroad, Bonner Scholars Program, January term).
Q: What are your future vocational plans?
A: I plan to attend law school in a year or two. Right now, I’m studying for the LSAT. I am interested in treaty writing for an organization like the North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA) or the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Q: What were your favorite courses?
A: As a freshman, I took a perspectives course, Linguistic Diversity, with Dr. Davis. I liked studying language development and dialects. In my junior year, I studied in Córdoba, Argentina. An Argentinean poet taught one of my courses; he frequently quoted works in several languages. In Humanities 201, we studied literature from different perspectives, such as feminist and liberation theology. That course piqued my interest in law school.
Q: What is the best part about being a Spanish major?
A: Working with Dr. Mitchell is the best part; he is my mentor. He has transformed the department, as well as challenged me. He was an integral part of my formation. I presented my Senior Study to the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in April. I was the only undergraduate student in attendance. I was able to present in Spanish because of Dr. Mitchell’s encouragement. He also encouraged me to learn Portuguese.
Q: What are your other interests on campus?
A: I’ve done a little of everything. I performed in a play as a freshman. I played soccer for one year. I have traveled quite a bit. I’ve had a lot of contact with professors, stopping by their offices for an hour or so just to “pick their brains.”
Q: What aspect of your MC experience is particularly memorable?
A: The overall experience of learning here is memorable. I’ve learned so many things, but being here has made me appreciate what I’ve learned.
Q: Favorite place on campus?
A: Beeson Courtyard, where we played lots of corn hole.
Q: Favorite movie and book?
A: Movie: “Magnolia”
Book: Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Q: What is one thing you would tell a first-year Maryville College student?
A: Remain focused and realize that your hard work is an investment. It’s much easier to start out with a good GPA than to do poorly and have to fight your way up.