McKenna Strolberg was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to Germany. McKenna will graduate this semester with a bachelor’s degree in history, secondary education, and a minor in German.
Strolberg studied abroad in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 2016. She was inspired to pursue the Fulbright grant after an annual advising meeting with Emily Jones, assistant director of the Honors College.
“I don’t think I would have ever applied for Fulbright without that experience of studying abroad through a Boise State exchange program,” she said. “The Honors College courses I took really helped me elevate my thinking and gave me access to a variety of different topics from linguistics with [Michal] Temkin Martinez or the history of rituals with Erik Hadley. These classes tested my knowledge and helped me to grow and I know I will rely on those skills while I am abroad.”
Strolberg will be in Germany for 10 months to prepare her for a teaching career in history and German at the secondary level. She hopes that her time abroad gives her a rich understanding of Europe’s history, challenges her language skills, and brings in authentic observations and perspectives of German life into her classroom.
“I will make sure I use my time in Germany to reflect on and be exposed to different perspectives and different opportunities that I do not have access to in the United States,” she said.