The University of Iowa

In the news: Fulbright recipient will combine love for music, Czechia

July 24th, 2018

By Emily Creery, The Daily Iowan

Grace Coleman, a 2017 University of Iowa graduate, intends to pursue an enriching experience in Czechia as a Fulbright English teaching assistant.

Having earned bachelor’s degrees in both international studies and music, Coleman’s unwavering passion for arts on a global scale will come to fruition as she returns to the country that once stole her heart.

“I first got interested in the Czech Republic when I visited there briefly in high school with my orchestra and then again with the Study Abroad Program the summer after my junior year,” Coleman said. “It just seemed like a really cool place, and I was incredibly interested in the culture and music. This particular country best blended my personality and my interests. There are a lot of classical musicians and authors from the Czech Republic who I really enjoy, and I just wanted to be in the same place as they had once lived.”

Her love for music landed Coleman the dream position of teaching at a music conservatory in the Ústí nad Labem region of Czechia.