Meredith Kellogg '19
When I came to HWS, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. I wanted to do everything, so I started out on an undecided major, with Environmental Studies and English as my two top choices. As I began taking classes, however, I gravitated toward Ancient History, Literature and Languages. I decided to declare majors in Greek and Comparative Literature, because those were the subjects I loved to study.
The courses offered by the HWS Classics Department, in particular, were exciting and engaging, and encouraged my love of learning. I also took every opportunity to travel and studied abroad twice: though a summer program in Wales and a semester in Denmark.
After my junior year, I began planning for what I wanted to do after college. Ideally, I wanted to experience more of the world, and I wanted to share my love of languages. This is why I began the process of applying for a Fulbright grant. I had known about Fulbright since high school and had long been considering it, but I wasn’t sure if I had a chance of getting a grant. However, Associate Director of Health Professions Counseling and Fellowship Advising Scott MacPhail from the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education became my grant adviser and I was offered abundant encouragement, advice and support throughout the process. Eventually, I was selected to be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in the Czech Republic.
I now teach Latin and English at East Palmyra Christian School in Palmyra, N.Y. Previously, I lived in Chodov, Czech Republic, teaching at a Czech secondary school. I work closely with my students in their English classes in order to help them develop their speaking skills, as well as hosting after school conversation clubs. In my free time, I travel Europe and I am involved in two clubs in the community.