Senior Aria Fiat Wins Fulbright for Teaching in France

Senior Aria Fiat Wins Fulbright for Teaching in France

Aria Fiat

Senior Aria Fiat recently won a Fulbright fellowship to teach in France for the 2013-14 academic year. She applied for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program because it allows her to combine two of her passions: teaching and France.

An e-mail from her adviser over the summer sparked her interest in the prestigious program. She says, “I have always loved teaching and was on the lookout for opportunities to teach after graduating. In addition to teaching, something else I've always longed to do is to live abroad. I am a total Francophile and while I had a fabulous time studying abroad in Paris during fall of 2011, three months was hardly long enough.” 

“I'm confident that the education I've received through SESP will serve me very well next year as I help teach English to underprivileged minority students in France. The experience will challenge me to apply concepts and theories that I've learned about in my SESP classes, from adolescent development to implementing social programs to group dynamics to community development,” Fiat notes. “And of course, in SESP, I am surrounded by incredibly talented and passionate educators who exemplify that great teachers can and do make a huge difference.”

Fiat, a senior majoring in human development and psychological services, is the co-founder of Supplies for Dreams, a nonprofit organization that provides school supplies and educational enrichment such as field trips, mentoring and tutoring to Chicago elementary school students in need. Currently she serves as the organization’s human resources director. Fiat sees the organization as a way to “open doors for students” and give back to the greater Chicago community for the excellent education she has received. Her other activities at Northwestern have included serving as a peer adviser for Wildcat Welcome and as a campus tour guide.

Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. This flagship program between the U.S. and 155 countries is supported by the U.S. Congress and partner governments worldwide.  

The intent of the Fulbright scholarship program, an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is to foster leadership and build understanding between scholars in the United States and other cultures. Each year, approximately 1,600 U.S. students are granted Fulbright awards.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/17/13