PORTLAND, Ore. - Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program fosters mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Lewis & Clark is one of the top producers of Fulbright award winners in the country, demonstrating a sustained commitment to international education and engagement.
Earning a Fulbright award for the 2012-13 academic year is four-year letter winner in women’s soccer, Pioneer Molli Bauke ’13 (teaching, Austria). We asked Molli what drew her to studying a foreign language and what’s exciting about teaching English in a foreign country.
Molli Bauke ‘13 Women’s Soccer
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Award: U.S. Teaching Assistant for the Austrian-American Education Commission, a branch of the Fulbright Program
I have always wanted to become fluent in a foreign language. I was drawn to German since a majority of my family either lives in Germany or has German roots. I enjoyed my German classes because I wasn’t just learning the language, but also learning about a part of myself.
I am really excited to move to Austria and become fluent in the language. I think learning about Austrian culture and language is a top priority for me. However, I am also excited to teach my students about my culture. I hope that I can foster a better understanding of American culture and explain or eliminate some stereotypes of Americans. I also have a strong interest in pursuing a career in education, so I look forward to the chance to practice lesson design and learn from the teachers I will be working with.
Congratulations to Molli on her Fulbright!