Hannah Rogers (B.A. German, Fall 2015) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in German. Read her message below explaining the program and her life in Germany!
“Hello, my name is Hannah Rogers, a recent graduate from K-State (Go Wildcats!). I am currently an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) with the Fulbright program and live on Island Usedom, Germany. I am one of 140 US American citizens working within the German school system to help teach English and be an ambassador from our country. Originally I thought the program was limited to only those who were interested in teaching English and that the ETAs are restricted to only aiding in the English classes, but through the first few months I have learned that is not the case. Most of my classes are English as a second language, but many of my fellow ETAs teach Math, Biology, Art, Music, and more at their schools. It is really a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in sharing their passions while learning about Germany and its amazing culture.
I first heard about this program when I was in high school. It wasn’t until I came to K-State, and saw a display in Hale Library about competitive scholarships, that I seriously considered applying to the Fulbright Program. When I brought it up with my adviser, Dr. Necia Chronister, I learned that she had been involved in the Fulbright Research Grant and was excited to help me look into it for myself as well. I am very happy to have received the Fulbright ETA Grant and it is one of the best programs I have ever been involved with!
At the moment I work a very flexible schedule. I work mostly with the upperclassmen at a Gymnasium (high school) to improve their listening skills and conversational English in order to prepare them for their Abitur (exams required to attend college). English Teaching Assistants are required to work 12-15 hours a week, so that leaves me with a lot of free time. I have been using that time to help tutor students who have recently immigrated to Germany and teach German as a second language.
While this is a great program for future teachers, there are many ETAs that are planning on pursuing other career paths as well. For me, this year is an opportunity to continue developing my German skills and to learn about the way Germany handles immigrants and asylum seekers. In the future I would like to attend law school and apply what I have learned here to better advocate for immigrants in the USA.”
By: Hannah Rogers and Sara Luly
Have you participated in a Fulbright Program? If so, leave a comment and tell us about your experience!