Cecilia Hsu ’20 was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Galicia, Spain.
Hsu was drawn to Galicia following a tour that she took with the Princeton Glee Club two years ago.
“We passed by Santiago de Compostela for a couple days, and I was mesmerized by the tall stone structures; it was like walking through history. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has only grown in importance to me, since I wrote my thesis on a competing medieval Castilian pilgrimage destination,” Hsu says.
Along with her interest in experiencing the cultures of northern Spain, Hsu's passion for language education inspired her to apply for the English Teaching Assistantship, “I applied to teach English because language education has completely changed my life for the better, and with my natural affinity towards English as my native language, I hope I can show my students how expressive it can be.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.