For Fulbright scholar Smith '14, learning is a lifelong journey
Ever since she was a little girl, Alanna E. Smith '14 (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) has had a flair for the creative. A self-proclaimed "sci-fi nerd", she loved play-acting with siblings and neighborhood friends, documenting childhood experiences in a notebook, and reading The Lord of the Rings when she was in the third grade.
Now, her lifelong curiosity and creativity is steering her to an area of the world that intrigues and fascinates her - Nepal, where she will journey in July as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) scholar.
Smith is the sixth Providence College student in four years to be awarded a competitive, merit-based grant from the Fulbright Program, which is the flagship international exchange program of the U.S. government. She is one of approximately 1,700 students to receive a Fulbright ETA grant and earned just one of six grants — from more than 50 applicants — to teach in Nepal.
Emma Wright to Teach in Germany through Fulbright ETA
Emma Wright ’12 (Lake Hill, N.Y.) will combine her passions for international travel and sustainable food policy in Germany during her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.
Wright graduated summa cum laude as a history major and as a minor in both French and German. She has visited Germany twice through an exchange program at her high school. She also served as an au pair in Germany and Martinique.
In addition to working in an English-language classroom, Wright — a dietary vegan — will compare American and German food policies and the health and longevity of people in both countries
PACT Student Earns Fulbright Award to Malaysia
Chris Muyo ’12G (Martinez, Calif.) has had 19 years of Catholic education — from kindergarten all the way through his master’s degree in education from Providence College. He also has taught at a Catholic high school.
But in January, he will travel to rural Malaysia, where the residents are mostly Muslim, through a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.
Muyo is excited about the prospect of exposing other people to American culture and developing skills to bring back home.
“I have a lot of students from Asian countries in my classroom who came over as exchange students,” he said. “It will be nice to learn more about English language learners and learn how they’re taught English in their countries.”
Richard '04 to Research Worker Conditions through Fulbright
Providence College alumna Tylea Richard ’04 will use a Fulbright fellowship to study the quality of life of garment workers in the Dominican Republic.
Richard, who was a public and community service studies major and a Latin American studies minor, began researching workers’ rights issues in the garment sector as part of her senior capstone project and has been working in the labor movement or garment industry ever since.
The Fulbright will be “a chance to step back and get closer to the people who are actually doing this,” she said. “I really want to get closer to factories and workers again, and understand it a little better.”
Richard plans to compare how workers in foreign-owned and unionized factories judge their quality of life, in terms of education, health care, housing, access to food, and other factors. Several Dominican nonprofits have offered assistance, she said.