Growing up in Chicago with Polish-speaking grandparents, Elanta Slowek ’18, MSc ’19 always felt that she was bridging U.S. and Polish cultures. Now selected for a prestigious English Teaching Assistantship through the Fulbright program, she will have the opportunity to live in Poland while teaching English at the post-secondary level.
A marketing major as an undergraduate, Ms. Slowek later earned a Master of Science in business design and innovation. She hopes to connect to her students by linking the English language to their interests in media and arts, as well as help prepare them for applications and interviews with English-speaking employers or academic institutions.
During her time at Carthage, she participated in a J-Term study tour to South Africa, and spent a semester studying abroad in England. In addition to being an accomplished scholar, Ms. Slowek was a nationally ranked athlete in track and field, a background that she hopes to draw on in Poland.
“I’d like to use my knowledge of Polish to reach out to women and girls with an interest in athletics, and perhaps create some new opportunities for women’s athletics,” she wrote in her application essay. “I will join a local sports club and look for opportunities to lead or coach practices. This opportunity would be especially fulfilling to me.”
After her Fulbright year, Ms. Slowek intends to enter the design and innovation field as a creative marketer of technology or a corporate consultant in either Chicago, London, or Warsaw.
Congratulations to Elanta Slowek on her Fulbright placement!
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Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and teaching in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools worldwide. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and fellowships are available to American students wishing to spend a year or more abroad after college to teach, conduct scholarly research, or engage in creative projects.
Carthage students interested in Fulbright opportunities should contact Professor Dan Choffnes, Fulbright Program Adviser.