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Gabrielle Smith, ’15, wins Fulbright to teach English in Turkey

| By Stephanie Weaver
Gabrielle Smith Fulbright Loyola University Maryland

Gabrielle Smith, ’15, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship for an English teaching assistant position in Turkey for nine months beginning in September 2016.

Smith, who earned a B.A. in English and minored in secondary education at Loyola, will be teaching English to university students. The university and location in Turkey have yet to be determined.

“I really credit Loyola with preparing me for this experience and for helping me get this opportunity,” Smith said. “The faculty and staff at Loyola taught me how to think independently and critically. My professors challenged me to apply my education to social justice issues, and my experiences volunteering in the community and studying abroad helped me construct a more global worldview. I am very thankful for my time at Loyola.”

Smith, from Bear, Del., has previously been abroad to New Zealand, Nepal, Iceland, and Norway. As a Loyola student, Smith was involved in the Center for Community Service and Justice, the Peace and Justice Studies club, and the York Road Student Association. She worked as a tutor in the Loyola Writing Center for three years.

While in Turkey, Smith is excited to try kebabs and Turkish delights. She plans to visit the capital city of Ankara and the ancient ruins at Ephesus and Pergamum. She is also looking forward to swimming in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

Smith is currently completing a year of service in Boise, Idaho, with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. She’s working at Catholic Charities of Idaho teaching English and citizenship classes to refugees, while doing case management work and connecting refugees to resources in the area.

After her nine months in Turkey, Smith plans to return to the United States and continue her education to be a high school English teacher.

Smith is the first member of the Loyola community to win a Fulbright this year. Last academic year, Taylor Rogers, ’15, won a Fulbright to teach English in Malaysia. Faculty members Carsten Vala, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, and David Binkley, Ph.D., professor of computer science, also won Fulbrights in 2014-15.

Contact Loyola’s national fellowships office for more information on Fulbright opportunities and other scholarships and fellowships.

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