Modern Languages

Photo of Colleen Regan
Photo of Colleen Regan

Colleen Regan

What do you do now?

Working as a Registered Nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and applying to graduate school. 

How did your language major help you after UC? 

Immediately upon graduating from Ursinus, I jumped right into an accelerated nursing program at Drexel. I am now a nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia. Having a Spanish degree is truly invaluable when I have the opportunity to care for a Spanish speaking patient. The shifts during which I get to speak Spanish with my patients are by far the ones that stick out the most in my mind. My goal is to one day be able to incorporate Spanish into my nursing career on a daily basis. I absolutely love destroying the language barrier that far too often exists in the medical setting and I really believe that that is what I’m meant to be doing. 

What was your most rewarding experience in your language major? 

The most rewarding experience in my Spanish major was my semester abroad in Madrid, Spain during the Fall of 2010. I enjoyed every minute of it and if I could go back tomorrow, I would. I will never forget the day that Professor de Arana allowed me to skip school so that I could shadow the orthopaedic surgeon I worked with in my practicum as he performed his afternoon surgeries. I knew that day that Spanish and nursing were it for me. 


Spanish, Biology