Krueger awarded prestigious Fulbright grant

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2014-06-12 09:34:05 - General

Coe College alumna Sandra Krueger has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Krueger to teach in Malaysia during the 2014-15 academic year.

Krueger graduated magna cum laude from Coe in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in developmental studies composed primarily of political science and sociology courses. While at Coe, she was the president of V-Day and the founder of Coe Human Rights Advocates and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She was also a member of Delta Delta Delta, Student Senate, Coe Alliance and the Student Affairs Committee.

Krueger heard about the Fulbright program from Associate Dean of the Faculty and Teacher Education Professor Terry McNabb during her first year, and she made it her most important near-future goal. Before attending Coe, she deferred for a year and spent time in Senegal and Jamaica, volunteering and discovering her insatiable appetite for feeling at home in new places. In her time at Coe, Krueger visited the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas, as well as Thailand, Uganda, Japan, Colombia, Rwanda and several other countries.

"My travels, combined with my studies surrounding development, have laid the foundation for a lively passion of understanding the growth and happiness of humans in all corners of the earth," said Krueger.

In Malaysia, Krueger will be teaching English. She says if time and resources allow, she hopes to lead an after-school club on globalization. She is specifically interested in rural community development.

"I hope to glean a better understanding of what development in Malaysia looks like," said Krueger. "The country experienced a tremendous amount of economic growth very quickly. I want to know what it looks like, who it helps and ignores, and in what ways does the culture adapt to this growth."

After completing her Fulbright, she hopes to enroll in a Ph.D. program in international relations, political science or political sociology. Ultimately, Krueger aspires to work for International Fund for Agricultural Development, a United Nations agency specializing in agricultural development.

Along with McNabb, Krueger says several Coe professors have substantially shaped her education, but she is particularly thankful to German Professor John Chaimov, Political Science Professors Kimberly Lanegran and Lynda Barrow, and Sociology Professor Emily Bowman.  Krueger was also assisted by Professor Ann Struthers, who serves as the college's Fulbright Program advisor.

"The list of influential forces at Coe is laughably long," said Krueger. "Each of my professors have played a major role in honing my academic skills."

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Sandra is the daughter of Paul and Theresa Krueger.

Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the peoples of other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program, providing funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research and teaching. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sends approximately 1,500 students per year to more than 140 countries.