The Unsettled Scholar

Scholarship Entrant: Hailey from Binghamton, New York
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Hailey: 11

I would travel the world teaching English. The linguistic patterns of ESL/EFL students’ “mistakes” and how they relate back to the student’s first language have always been fascinating to me, and nothing motivates me more than the shared enthusiasm that—in my experience—is common with such students. I’ve always had a knack for breaking complex ideas into more basic parts, and I hope that my teaching can help my students better understand my language. In my free time I would conduct independent research on their slang, their theatre, however their language is most tightly bound to their culture, and make those back home more aware of whatever corner of the world I’m in. I am independently studying Spanish with the goal of achieving fluency by my university’s standards to feel comfortable traveling through the Americas, and I’ll begin Arabic next year at school—I want to keep my options for where I’ll travel as open as possible. Next semester I’ll be a TA in an ESL class to predominantly Chinese students, and I’m excited to be such an important part of their assimilation, and in a way conducting my own informal ethnography on international students in the US. In three years I hope to have graduated with a BA in anthropology and another in linguistics, with a minor in Arabic (or yet another BA if I can manage my time well enough) and the confidence to tour the globe and improve cross-cultural understanding.

Vote for Hailey: 11

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