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Major Advising, Study Abroad, and General Course Questions
Cindy Walter

Minor Advising
Darby Grachek

Cindy Walter, Academic Specialist

M.A., College and University Administration, Michigan State University;
B.A. Spanish and Communications, Western Michigan University

B-340 Wells Hall
(517) 355-8471


Cindy has been an academic advisor at MSU since 2004 and in the Linguistics and Languages Department since 2011. As former language major and study abroad student herself, she really enjoys working with students in the department. Over her career in student services, Cindy has also worked in residence life, TRIO programs, study abroad and financial aid. Cindy volunteers with the International Friendship Program that matches MSU international students with American families and friends in the community. An adoptive parent, Cindy is active with adoption advocacy as well.

Darby Grachek, Minor Advisor

B.A. Linguistics and Japanese, Michigan State University

B-330 Wells Hall


Darby graduated from Michigan State University in 2019 with a B.A. in both Linguistics and Japanese, as well as a minor in TESOL. As an MSU student, she participated in student organizations like qUALMS (q Undergraduate Association for Linguistics at Michigan State), did linguistic research in the child language acquisition lab, and studied abroad in Japan through the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU). Darby is a current student in the MSU Linguistics M.A. Graduate program and is studying phonetics, phonology, and speech perception.  Outside of academics, she enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time outdoors.