Alexandra Koch, a University of Dallas Politics and German double major, has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. In the fall of 2019, she will travel to Germany to teach English for a ten month assignment.

“Seeing the legacy of Fulbrighters at UD, especially in the German Department,” partly inspired Koch to apply for the prestigious scholarship the first time she visited the University of Dallas. “I distinctly remember meeting a Fulbright recipient and thinking that maybe could be me one day.”

Alexandra Koch

Koch said she is foremost excited to become an ambassador of the United States and member of the local community. Her project for the Fulbright’s grant proposal focuses on community service, such as volunteering with the church and getting involved at the local level. “I hope to be a caring community member and a good representative of the US to show that there are more to Americans that the international media might present,” she said. Koch is also looking forward to the opportunity to reach a higher level of fluency in the German language.

Koch had an impressive resume to strengthen her application to the scholarship. Besides international work and study abroad experience in Germany and Rome, Koch is also very involved in the UD community. She is a part of the UD Senate, the German club president, a German language tutor, and part of a mentoring program. She also mentioned that taking a language pedagogy class prepared her for the challenge of teaching a foreign language abroad and strengthened her application.

Koch expressed that “receiving the Fulbright could open doors in the future and help provide clarity about my interest in foreign service and international affairs.”

For anyone considering applying for the Fulbright, Koch suggested applying and meeting with professors and advisors as early as possible because it is a very lengthy process.

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