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American Studies student lands Fulbright Program scholarship to teach in Malaysia

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014


Congratulations to Emily Spieker, American Studies/Elementary Education dual major, on landing a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to teach English for ten months in Malaysia.  Spieker, who will graduate summa cum laude from Rowan on Friday, May 16, is the 17th Rowan student in the past 15 years to land a scholarship through the highly competitive Fulbright Program. In January, she'll begin an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Malaysia. She's the third Rowan student in three years to land a Fulbright ETA to Malaysia. She follows Jolene Hernandez and Lauren Wederich, both of whom are still in Malaysia.

Her American Studies courses have led Spieker to think a lot about the concept of freedom and what it means to be free. She expects there will be discussions on that topic in her Malaysian classroom.  "I will be curious to take that discussion to Malaysia," says Spieker. "I find the concept of freedom to be really interesting. There's a lot of complexity to the term."

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