Two College of Education Students Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Award
The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Two of those recipients, are College of Education students.
Magda Ostrov, currently enrolled in the Master’s of Education in TESOL, and Riannon Caflisch, who earned her Bachelor’s in Secondary Education, will be leaving Philadelphia in September to complete their English Teaching Assistantships in different countries.
In spring of 2016, Magda, Riannon, and thousands of other students across the world started their Fulbright applications. By the deadline in November, applications attended information sessions and workshops and submitted essays and resumes.
For Magda, who will be teaching English in Kyrgyzstan, she is looking forward to having the experience help shape her career goals. “I applied as an undergraduate, and didn’t get the award,” said Magda. “When I started my master’s program, it really helped me craft my essays for the application.“
When asked about what she thinks will be the most challenging, Magda said, “Being somewhere where I don’t know the language – Russian – fluently. I started using a language app that I plan to use as much as possible before I leave!”
Riannon will be teaching in Germany, and is most excited to use German every day. “Right now, I am reading German news and listening to German music to get caught up,” said Riannon. “When I studied abroad in Germany, my regret was speaking English too much. I want to speak it as much as possible!”
The challenge for Riannon will be getting acclimated to German schools and how they teach English.
Both Magda and Riannon said they will miss their friends the most while they are away, but that they are both excited and honored to have gotten this opportunity.
- Jane Clauss