Meet a Shocker: Raúl Alejandro Rangel Fernández

Raúl Alejandro Rangel Fernández learned how to juggle his commitments and studies while earning a graduate degree in Spanish.

Raúl is one of more than 2,400 students eligible for spring 2024 graduation. Learn more about his time at Wichita State and what's next for the grad. 

Raúl Alejandro Rangel FernándezWhat degree will you be earning in May?

Master of Arts in Spanish

What is your hometown?

Guadalajara, Mexico

What made you choose Wichita State University?

I chose WSU for its strong community connections between what I want to do and the university and because my parents live in Wichita.

What has been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge while I've been a student has probably been juggling so many commitments. It will all pay off whenever I receive my diploma and when I get to travel. 

What's your favorite off-campus location in Wichita?

Vagabond Cafe

What would be the title of your autobiography?

"The Mestizo Linguist"

What are your plans after graduation?

I have studied abroad three times, and I'm going on my fourth and fifth study abroad trips this summer; and I save money and take my backpack and just backpack solo travel every chance I get. I also plan to pursue a Ph.D. in linguistics. 

What advice would you give other Wichita State students?

My advice to other Wichita State students is go to events, connect with other professionals in your field, study abroad and never lose sight of your goals and dreams. 

About Wichita State University

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Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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