The Fulbright Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards given in the United States. Among the Fulbright alumni, 53 have won Nobel Prizes and 73 have won Pulitzers. In this highly competitive program, students are selected and given scholarships to teach or conduct research outside the United States.
The College of Liberal Arts’ own Maura Smith, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in English and a writing certificate, recently accepted a Fulbright Scholarship to be an English teaching assistant in Germany.
Smith will be living in Saarbrücken, a city in the state of Saarland, and will be teaching at two different secondary schools. While she will be busy helping students learn a foreign language, Smith told us that she will use leftover funds from the stipend that comes with the Fulbright to travel around Germany and the rest of Europe.
Smith said she credits her experiences at Temple in allowing her to find her path and realize that she was destined to teach.
“My overall experience at Temple was very positive,” she said. “As well as allowing me to meet great people, my experiences at Temple allowed me to figure out what I’m passionate about and not passionate about.”
While an undergrad, Smith studied abroad three times – twice in Rome and once in Leipzig, Germany. She also worked at the Writing Center and acted as a Diamond Peer Teacher in an ESL class.
“I learned that I love teaching and writing,” she said. “Which helped me to find out about the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program in Germany.”
– Joel Kaplan