Ariana Stowe '13
Susquehanna University alumna Ariana Stowe, class of 2013, knew she wanted to travel and make a difference when she graduated. She got that chance after receiving a Fulbright scholarship to Brazil where she was part of the English Teaching Assistantship program for 2014-15.
Stowe is one of eight Fulbright scholars in recent years for Susquehanna. Her placement in Brazil came at a time when the South American country was getting ready to be featured as the backdrop for two of the world's largest sporting events. Brazil hosted soccer's World Cup in the summer of 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.
"Brazil worked out in terms of requirements and they have an initiative because of the two world events coming up. So they needed more English speakers to come and teach English," Stowe said. "It seemed like a good time to be there." She took a class to learn Portuguese, which helped prepare her for the immersion experience.
A former women's basketball player, Stowe, who majored in English at Susquehanna, reflected on how her time in Costa Rica, as part of Susquehanna University's Global Opportunities (GO) program, influenced her post-graduation plans.
"When I did my GO program, I taught basketball to kids at sports camps," Stowe said. "It was my introduction into language barrier situations, which generally speak to dealing with people in difficult situations, and it's been really helpful to have that background. I see the Fulbright as being really beneficial to learning how other countries do things."
After returning from Brazil, Stowe accepted a position as a library technician at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
The Fulbright was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually and currently operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.