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isha ghodke, germany, 2012-2013

Fulbright Year: 2012-2013
Country: Germany
Proposal Type: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
UGA Major/Department: Journalism and Mass Communication, Romance Languages
Degrees: B.A. in Journalism (Public Relations), B.A. in German, New Media Certificate, 2011
Hometown: Norcross, GA

While Isha Ghodke plans to immerse herself in German culture during her Fulbright year in Berlin, there’s a good chance she’ll be speaking English most of the time.

Isha will serve as a teaching assistant at the Carl-Sonnenschein Grundschule and expects to spend most of her time teaching English to students from the third to sixth grades. But she hopes to do much more than just teach her native tongue.

“My primary role is to serve as a native English speaker in these classrooms, giving the students an opportunity for regular conversational practice. I plan to explore a comparison of American and German culture – including school, government and pop culture – with these students.”

Isha’s no stranger to diving right into new and interesting situations, as her myriad activities at UGA will attest. Besides serving on the Honors Program Student Council, she also was on the executive board of the UGA chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, was a captain on UGA’s Undergraduate Mock Trial Team, worked as an intern at both Nuci’s Space and in the U.S. Congress, and was a campaign intern for a Congressional candidate in her home county.

She’ll take that same active spirit to Berlin.

“There are so many aspects of this year that I’m excited about,” she said. “I am excited to gain exposure to the German language at so many different levels, from working with the students and administration at the school to the everyday tasks of living in a new country. I am excited to get to know so many new people whose life experiences differ from mine. I am also just looking forward to living in the political capital of Germany and matching historical events from my textbooks and lectures to actual places.”

At the conclusion of her Fulbright year, Isha – who also worked with Creative Consultants, a not-for-profit, student-run public relations firm during her time in Athens -- will enroll at New York University to study law.

In offering advice to those considering the pursuit of a Fulbright Scholarship, Isha said, “Spend time making sure you are prepared to spend a year abroad if you receive the grant. If you decide that you really want the grant, then just go ahead and apply. The application process (ideally) begins the summer before your graduation year and spans through the first few months of fall semester, but don’t let the length of the application (process) deter you from applying.”

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