UI student receives a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship award to Spain

Alexis Koch

Name: Alexis Koch
Hometown:  Solon, IA
Type of Fulbright Award: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award
Degree and Field of Study: B.S. Human Physiology, Spanish, Psychology, Chemistry, 2017

What drew you to this field of study? I enjoy teaching and tutoring and wanted to gain experience in a field that I might not have the chance to do otherwise. 

How do you envision this will change your life? I think it will broaden my cultural understanding and allow me to better interact with future patients. It will also improve my ability to communicate abstract and complicated ideas by forcing me to break down something that is so second nature to me into words and ideas that others (especially children) can understand. I also have this delightful idea that I'll become a wonderful Spanish cook and eat and make things that aren't common in the U.S.

What advice do you have for future students interested in pursuing a Fulbright award? If you need more experience in something, just get it. If you don't have the knowledge about something in your chosen country or field, just learn it. This way, you won't have to try to oversell yourself or "fake" anything in the application because at this point you've already become the perfect fit for the position. 
 

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