Angela Kettle awarded prestigious Fulbright grant

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2016-05-12 12:46:13 - General

Angela Kettle
Angela Kettle

Coe College alumna Angela Kettle has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. The Fulbright award will allow Kettle to teach in Turkey during the 2016-17 academic year.

Kettle graduated magna cum laude from Coe in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English and psychology. While at Coe, she worked as a Writing Center consultant as well as a writing fellow. Kettle also served as an assistant area coordinator and a resident assistant within Residence Life, and she volunteered as an ESL conversation partner.

"I applied for a Fulbright because I have always wanted to live abroad," said Kettle. "As a Fulbright scholar, I will not only have the opportunity to teach English, but to serve as a cultural ambassador. I believe that developing close relationships with people in another culture is one way I can foster greater understanding and empathy within our global community."

Kettle looks forward to living in Turkey because of its rich history and traditions. She received guidance on her application from Coe Professor Ann Struthers, who serves as the college's Fulbright Program advisor.

"I originally became interested in Turkey because of the incredible historical sites like the Hagia Sophia and the ruins of Ephesus," said Kettle. "As I have delved into research, though, I have learned more about everyday life there. I am thrilled to visit bazaars, eat baklava, and just get to know my neighbors."

While in Turkey, Kettle will be teaching English at a developing university, as well as learning Turkish herself. After Turkey, she plans to apply for a master's program in school counseling.

"I would like to make a difference in every aspect of students' lives," said Kettle. "I believe that learning is more than sitting in a classroom. It requires awareness of yourself, others, and the world around you. Teaching and living in Turkey will allow me to embody that belief in my personal life and to later share that perspective with my students."

Kettle attributes her passion for living abroad to her international experiences as a Coe student. She enrolled in a May Term to Paris in 2013, and she also studied at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland during the spring 2015 semester.

"Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made," said Kettle. "I had countless opportunities to prove to myself that I could be more courageous, kind, and flexible than I thought possible. I was constantly outside of my comfort zone, and because of that, I found a part of myself that I never knew existed. I would not be the person I am today without my experience in Belfast."

Kettle believes her time at Coe provided valuable preparation for her Fulbright experience and her future.

"Coe gave me the outlet to explore my passions and the tools to develop those passions," said Kettle. "I discovered my love of teaching and mentoring through my work in the Writing Center and in Residence Life. I learned how to create a space for vulnerability, where students knew they could trust me to walk alongside them as they engaged in new and difficult tasks. I found it incredibly rewarding to watch them meet their goals, and I knew I wanted to continue helping students grow into the people they wanted to be. By giving me the opportunity to serve in those roles, Coe allowed me to find fulfillment in the style of leadership that best fits my strengths."

A native of CaƱon City, Colorado, Kettle is the daughter of Larry and Marilyn Kettle.

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.

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