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Berry student, alumna win Fulbright scholarships
Berry student, alumna win Fulbright scholarships

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College graduating senior and recent graduate have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year.

Lauren Fenner of Albany, Georgia, will graduate from Berry on Saturday, May 7 with bachelor's degrees in Spanish and economics.

Fenner received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship scholarship for June 2011 through June 2012 and will serve as an English teacher in Korea. Before leaving, she will participate in a six-week orientation course that includes intensive Korean language and culture lessons.

"Fulbright will arrange for me to stay in a homestay with a Korean family," Fenner said. With the aid of a Korean teacher, she will teach classes for 20 hours a week and participate in additional school-related activities.

During her time at Berry, Fenner spent a semester studying in Spain. She also taught English in Costa Rica in 2008.

"My time at Berry has prepared me well for international travel, teaching English and adjusting to a foreign culture," Fenner said. "I never would have applied for the Fulbright program had not my academic advisor, Dr. Jennifer Corry, associate professor of Spanish, encouraged me to do so."

Fenner wants to pursue a career as an international ambassador with the Department of State or in a private consulting or policy company.

After her stay in Korea, she plans to apply to Georgia Tech and pursue a master's degree in international relations.

Ashley McCarty of Gainesville, a Berry College graduate, also received an English Teaching Assistantship Fulbright through the Austrian-American Fulbright Commission.

McCarty, who earned a bachelor's degree in German education, will depart for Austria in September, where she will teach American culture and the English language at two private secondary all-girl schools.

"Berry's education department definitely has given me the confidence to not only hold my own in an American classroom, but to take those skills more internationally," McCarty said.

In addition to student teaching at Rome High School, McCarty has studied at the Universitat Regensburg in Germany and the Middlebury Language School in Vermont when she was an undergraduate. She graduated from Berry in December 2010.

"The guidance I received from [Berry professor] Dr. Christine Anton was invaluable," McCarty said.

After the Fulbright program, McCarty plans to return to the United States and teach German or English to Speakers of Other Languages. She will eventually pursue a master's degree in linguistics.

More than 40,000 Fulbright recipients participate in U.S. Department of State exchange programs every year.

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