Many Elon students and alumni who have recently received national and international fellowships keep in touch with their friends, families and their alma mater through blogs. See and read about what some of our award winners are doing in the blogs below.
|Omolayo Ojo, '14, an international studies and strategic communications double major, received a Boren Scholarship to study Wolof in Senegal. Originally from Nigeria and now a Tall Timbers, MD resident, Ojo researches West Africa and the West African diaspora. A Lumen Prize recipient, Ojo hopes to attend graduate school and continue her focus on internationalism. Follow her blog "Omolayo Travels and Learns a New Language."|
Natalie Lampert, '11, an international studies and English double major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teaching English for a year in Sri Lanka. An Arlington, VA native, Lampert was a Periclean Scholar and and Elon College Fellow while at Elon. She studied abroad in Ghana. Upon her return, Lampert hopes to work for a magazine before pursuing a master's degree in creative nonfiction or journalism. Follow her blog "Cabinets of Wonder."
Shannalee Van Beek, '12, an international studies and English double major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year teaching in Bahrain. An Indian Trail, NC native, Van Beek has studied Arabic and previously taught in Egypt. She hopes to pursue graduate work in international studies or Arab studies upon her return. Follow her blog "The Two Seas: Adventures of a Fulbrighter in Bahrain."
Gabrielle Dean '11, a media arts & entertainment and international studies double major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year in Taiwan teaching in an elementary school. A St. Augustine, FL native, Dean studied Mandarin Chinese both at Elon and during a semester abroad. Follow her blog "Turning Taiwanese (I really think so): Adventures of a Fulbrighter."
Molly McKnight Costigan '10, a Spanish major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year in Spain teaching in an elementary school while conducting an independent project. A Frankfort, Ky., native, Costigan is using her language skills as she works with children through a sponsorship with the Valencian Regional Government and the Commission for Cultural, Educational and Scientific Exchange between the United States and Spain. Read about her experiences in her blog, "It's okay...I make up words in English, too."
While at Elon, Rebecca Watts '09, a Spanish and international studies double-major, focused her research on linguistic transfer, or changes in the Spanish language due to the influence of English. Watts, who was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, is currently living in Mexico City, Mexico, where she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Latin American Studies. Keep up with Watts as she learns about "life in a new home away from home" by reading her blog, "Becca In The D.F."
Christina Orangio '09 has spent the past year living in Missoula, Mont., serving as senior leader for Campus Corps with Montana Campus Compact. Earlier this year, she received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship that will allow her to study in South Africa to pursue her research, which focuses on eradicating poverty worldwide through environmental education and management. Learn more in her blog, "Life After Elon: Where Service Leads."
Follow Victoria Davis '09, a political science and international studies double-major, as she serves as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Japan. She recounts her work and cultural adventures in her blog, "The Year Without Frosting: A Fulbrighter in Japan."
Breanna Detwiler '09, who graduated with a degree in environmental studies with minors in non-violence and religious studies, is pursuing a master's degree in environmental management at Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland, as a recipient of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship. Follow her activities in her blog, "Bre in Belfast: Adventures on the Emerald Isle."