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MARGARET HARNEY, Spain, 2017-2018

Fulbright Year: 2017-2018
Country: Spain
Proposal Type: English Teaching Assistantship
UGA Undergraduate Majors: Spanish and Journalism
Graduation Date: Spring 2016
Hometown: Roswell, Georgia

Margaret Harney is a journalist with a passion for music and learning about different cultures. She has a variety of compelling interests, and she’s going to put them all to good use during her Fulbright year in Madrid, Spain.

“As an ETA in Spain, the combination of my journalistic endeavors, study of Spanish, and teaching experiences would complement one another,” said Margaret, who graduated from UGA in 2016 with degrees in journalism and Spanish. “Journalism has taught me how to be an effective listener, ask essential questions, commit firmly to integrity, and articulate words in an authentic but interesting manner.”

She plans to use her journalism skills and interest in Spain’s history to interview and—through written reporting and photojournalism—share the stories of Spaniards to further cultural exchange at home and abroad.

Given her love for music, Margaret has been involved in school and extracurricular choirs for nearly a decade. For two years she was part of the UGA a cappella group Noteworthy and plans to establish a choir, glee club, or a cappella group with her students in Spain.

“My interest in music has been the cornerstone of my personal development,” she said. “As part of my community engagement, I hope to start a musical ensemble either in the community or at my school, so as to further encourage and practice English pronunciation and vocabulary outside of the classroom.”

In addition to her teaching experience—she’s been working with the English Open Doors program in Chile for the past several months—Margaret worked as a marketing and editorial intern with design:retail magazine and a public relations intern with UGA’s International Student Life. She also served as an after-school volunteer tutor with Oasis Catolico and as an occasional volunteer translator at J.J. Harris Elementary School in Athens.

When her Fulbright year concludes, Margaret says she’ll either return to the journalism field or earn a master’s degree. In the meantime, she awaits her opportunity for full immersion into all things Spain.

“During my Fulbright year, I am most looking forward to the prospect of truly diving into all Spain has to offer,” she says. “I feel so grateful to have the unique opportunity of settling into Madrid and working at my school for an entire academic year. I am excited to see the growth, progress, and relationships that result from investing in the community for that period of time. Additionally, I am very expectant of all I will learn and absorb culturally, linguistically, and personally from my Fulbright experience.”

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