Sam Farquharson '17 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Malaysia. Starting next January, Farquharson will live in Malaysia for ten months, working with middle school-aged students.
"I've always been passionate about learning about different people and different cultures, so I'm excited to go to Malaysia and be inside a different culture," Farquharson said.
Emmanuel's Director of Fellowships and Scholarships, Laurie Johnston, Ph.D., encouraged Farquharson to apply for the assistantship. Johnston, an associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies, taught Farquharson in her "Exploring Religion" course. "I was impressed by Sam's level of engagement and interest in religious diversity," Johnston said.
In addition, Johnston knew that Farquharson had gained teaching experience as a volunteer with Jumpstart AmeriCorps over the past three years. In this role, Farquharson supports children in local communities by teaching literacy skills to prepare them to enter preschool.
"I thought the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship would be a great opportunity for Sam," said Johnston.
An English major with a concentration in writing and literature, Farquharson has been involved in a number activities as an Emmanuel student, including serving as Assistant Managing Editor of the student newspaper The Hub and taking part in the Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project. Currently, Farquharson is chapter vice president of Sigma Tau Delta and vice president of the Gender Equality Club.
Upon returning from Malaysia, Farquharson plans to write and speak about the experience and attend graduate school to study comparative literature.
"This Fulbright win is a remarkable achievement," Johnston said, noting that this is the sixth year in a row that Emmanuel has had a graduating student win a Fulbright.