September 26, 2023

Language and Leadership

Marc Gehlsen speaks French and Chinese, Russian and Arabic. But his job recruiting students as a Washington Guide calls for only one language – UMW.

“I’ve loved every single second of it,” Gehlsen said of his post with the Office of Admissions, where he gushes over campus traditions, from Devil Goat Day to mac-and cheese nights.

Marc Ghlsen giving a campus tour, Wednesday Oct. 12, 2016. (Photo by Norm Shafer). senior Marc Gehlsen gives a tour of campus

For this Nokesville, Virginia, native, with two separate majors – one in Spanish and one in linguistics he crafted himself – communication is key. He plans to take his dual degree into the courtroom, decoding ransom notes and helping solve crimes as a forensic linguist.

For now, he’s busy sharing stories about Mary Washington, where he’s traced Don Quixote’s footsteps through Spain, tweeted on behalf of the Honor Council, pushed for campus sustainability, and made it his mission “to spread the word of the UMW awesomeness.”

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