“I’ve built relationships with the great faculty, who go out of their way to help students,” she says. “This is where I have really felt at home.”
Anne Huber ’14 (Bloomington, Minn.) hopes to someday work for the U.S. State Department. She’s getting a good start on that dream: This spring she was awarded a Fulbright to teach English in Brazil. She will begin her fellowship in March 2015.
No stranger to South America’s largest country, Huber spent a gap year living in the small southern town of Arapongas as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Working as a Portuguese lab instructor at Macalester helped solidify and formalize her Portuguese language skills, she says, while coursework in the Hispanic Studies Department “did wonders for improving my Spanish.”
Her Spanish was further improved during a junior year semester she spent directly enrolled at the University of Seville in Spain. There, says Huber, “I felt really prepared for the coursework, especially compared to other students from abroad. Mac classes were more demanding.”
In Brazil, Huber will teach English and organize cultural events at one of the country’s 56 public universities (she won’t find out her exact location until fall), as well as work on some kind of independent project. “First I’ll assess community needs and wants and see where I can fit in and help,” she says.
As for her dreams of working for the State Department: That may be easier for Huber to achieve than it would be for your average college graduate. On top of the Fulbright she just won, Huber also already has on her resume a summer spent interning in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon. There she “got to see really fantastic and creative programming aimed at bridging the cultural gap,” says Huber, which only fueled her interest in diplomatic work.
While excited about her future, Huber is also sad to say goodbye to the Hispanic Studies Department. “I’ve built relationships with the great faculty, who go out of their way to help students,” she says. “This is where I have really felt at home.”