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Lily Edgar '13 Receives Fulbright Nomination

 Lily Edgar Bucket finalLily EdgarAs an English major with a minor in Asian Studies Edgar hopes to take the knowledge she has gained at Manhattanville and apply it globally through a Fulbright.

"I became interested in the Fulbright program because I have always wanted to teach English as a second language abroad, particularly in East Asia," Edgar explained. "This is what I hoped to do after graduation, and I had been looking into many options until I found out about the Fulbright program."

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) is a program that places recently graduated college students in positions as English teaching assistants in schools overseas. The application process one must go through to be accepted as a Fulbright ETA is very daunting. Over the course of a few months, Edgar worked with Professor Gabriele Wickert to write her application essays and pass an internal Manhattanville Fulbright Committee.

"Lily's a good, exceptionally clear writer and so her essays were very good," Wickert stated. "They contributed, I believe, to her receiving the nomination from Fulbright, since they indicated that she had the right combination of skills, experience and maturity to succeed in Korea."

In 2012 Edgar received her first experience in teaching overseas when she spent last summer teaching English in China. After enjoying her experience in China, Edgar originally hoped to teach in China once again, however since there are no ETA's available within China Edgar hopes to teach in South Korea. This change in destination will also give her chance to experience a new Asian country.

"If given a Fulbright, I hope I would be able to make learning English an enjoyable and useful experience for the students I teach," Edgar said. " I would want to give them skills that could improve their lives and help them achieve their career goals. Of course; I also hope that I will have an exciting and enlightening experience abroad during the year."