Caitlyn Nguyen (Integrated Educations Studies, with an emphasis on Teaching and Learning in Communities, Leadership Studies minor, 2017) has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach English to high school or university students in Vietnam during the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to classroom teaching, she will also host community events that will serve as spaces to share cultural ideas and values from both the United Stated and Vietnam and to help facilitate English language practice outside of the classroom. The ETA experience will complement the theoretical study and fieldwork that she has conducted in the American educational system. Caitlyn believes that gathering multiple perspectives on teachers, students, and pedagogical methods create better educators. In the future, she hopes to work as an international educator, mentor, or counselor, teaching nontraditional subjects like leadership in order to provide people with the knowledge and application to become constantly learning, thriving, and compassionate citizens of the world.
William Ochoa (Mathematics with a Japanese Studies minor, 2018) of Los Angeles who has won a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Japanese during the summer of 2017 at the University of Shiga Prefecture in Hikone, Japan. William plans to apply to Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program to teach Japanese after graduation. William remarks, “I'm incredibly excited to be immersed in Japanese society for two months as it will help me grow to appreciate the country more and so that I can bring that knowledge back with me to further my studies here at Chapman. I want to thank Professor Michael Wood and Professor Etsuko Cook for helping me get to where I am today.”
Josie Garcia Jimenez (Religious Studies major, Anthropology minor, 2019) was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study abroad during Spring 2017. She will be studying at Temple University in Tokyo, Japan.
Avery Wehner (Economics and Business Administration, German Studies minor, 2017) was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study abroad during Spring 2017. He will be studying at Reutlingen University in Germany.
Damaris Bangean (Political Science and Business Administration majors, 2016) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) at the university level in Romania for the 2016-2017 academic year. She will assist an experienced English instructor as well as become involved with outreach about U.S. education, culture, and society. Her Chapman degrees, combined with her Fulbright experience, will prepare her well for graduate study upon her return in International Finance and Economic Development; she then plans to pursue a career as a policy analyst for a think tank, international organization, or government agency. Check out her blog at http://aradeacalling.tumblr.com/ to follow her adventures in Romania!
Ashley Barba (Integrated Educational Studies, with emphases in Disability Studies and Language and Literature, 2016) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in the Czech Republic for the 2016-2017 academic year. She will be assisting with English language studies in a secondary school outside of Prague. This experience, combined with her Chapman degree, will enhance her goal upon her return to earn her teaching credential in order to teach special education, then pursue a graduate degree in administration to even more effectively help shape educational policy.
Esme Aston (Psychology, University Honors Program, 2016) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant in Malaysia for the 2016-2017 academic year. DECLINED