Dr. Elena De Costa, PhD, Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Literature
Office: MacAllister B003A
Campus Phone: (262) 524-7284
What do you like most about working at Carroll?
What advice do you offer students on how to make the most of their 4 years at Carroll?
Do not just attend classes! Take advantage of the varied opportunities that our campus and local community offer you—faculty and staff office hours, student organizations, speakers and events on and off campus, cultural and other field trips, convocation events, service learning and volunteer opportunities, internships, librarian assistance, subject tutoring, the Learning Commons, the Walter Young Center, your academic advisor, work/study opportunities, and ALL of the many and diverse activities that our campus life makes available to students to expand their horizons.
Take advantage of leadership opportunities, ENGAGE in conversations with our faculty, staff, and other students—related to academics and simple chats. That is how each of us learns—by being active learners in anticipation of your goals in life and your professional career.
And if there is something that you would like that you cannot find here, just ASK
Who has been your greatest influence or inspiration?
I have had several mentors both in my professional and personal life over the years.
They have all been well-rounded, hard-working, creative-minded, super intelligent, generous and kind
to the highest degree. They are Renaissance people—they know a lot about various subjects, so that I can learn from them, emulate them as role models, and become a better, more learned person myself. There is one very special person who has made the greatest impact on my life. Look around campus, and you will find a dedication to him from me!
What is your favorite song as performed by what performer(s)?
Unfortunately, this prof admits to be stumped by this question! I enjoy many different types of music and songs
from different eras and countries in many languages. So I cannot name a single favorite song or performer.
What is something about you that most people may not know?
Although I always appear busy and dashing somewhere for class, meetings, and events, I am very approachable. Someone just needs to make me “put on the brakes” for a moment, contact me at a more quiet time, hand me a note, leave a message, and I will find the time to meet with that person.
For me, teaching is an engaging experience that reaches out to the community for input and inspiration, meaning and practical applications. Because of this philosophy, my good humor, creativity, and ability to solve virtually any problem, great demands are placed on my time by current and past students, colleagues, and the community. But I ALWAYS find the time for everyone. And I am available evenings and weekends as well! I have boundless energy
(like the Energizer Bunny that sits on my desk, gifted to me) and have a humorous side to my personality that lights up wherever I may be! I have a can-do spirit of persistence in everything that I do! And that spirit of enthusiasm for work and play can be very contagious—a good reason to be around me!
Some personal interests include ethnic cooking, dance, theatre, popular and new age music, herpetology, gardening, travel.
What opportunities for involvement do you have or know of for students?
If a student is interested in campus or community involvement, I am a great resource! I sit on numerous Boards of Directors, Steering Committees and Action Teams (I believe that ideas need to be put into action, after all!) throughout the community. And I only serve on committees and belong to organizations welcoming to members of all age, ethnic, and racial groups, organizations that make a positive difference in the lives of others. Leadership roles and participation in campus and community organizations are high indicators of engagement for employers and are extremely impressive on resumes. They also provide valuable real-life learning experiences and allow you to put into practice the expertise and skills of your discipline as well as exercise problem-solving, creative thinking, social skills, and networking. Many of the people in area non-profits, organizations, agencies, and businesses are respected community leaders and can serve as references for future employment or graduate school.
What is the best way for a student to contact you? Is it by Mailbox, E-mail, Telephone, Text, Other?
I respond to students immediately! I can be contacted in person or through messages left at the following
On campus: MacAllister 003A office; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org checked many times throughout the day and evening; Telephone: 262-524-7284 office (voicemail 24/7) checked daily