Recent Texas Woman’s graduate receives Fulbright grant
Recent Texas Woman’s University graduate Genesis Trigueros of The Colony will spend up to a year teaching English in South Korea as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Prior to her Fall 2016 graduation from TWU, Trigueros, an interdisciplinary studies major, researched opportunities to teach abroad in South Korea. She learned of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program through an email from the university and discovered the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program.
“It was everything I was looking for in a teaching program abroad,” Trigueros said. “I wanted to experience the rich culture of South Korea, but wanted to get there the best way possible.”
She will leave for South Korea in July and says the current political climate does not worry her.
“There has always been tension in that area that recently has gotten worse,” she said. “Although I am a bit concerned, I also am positive that both the U.S. and South Korean government are keeping an eye on the situation. I am looking forward to my Fulbright experience.”
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program places grant recipients in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classroom. Trigueros, who currently is a substitute teacher in the Lewisville school district, will teach English in a South Korean elementary school. She believes the experience will benefit her upon her return to Texas due to the large Korean population in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She also plans to earn a master’s degree in Reading Recovery from TWU or the University of Texas at Arlington due to her desire to help emerging readers.
“I myself was a struggling reader, so I have the patience to work with beginners,” she said.
Trigueros said that before she attended college, she never knew what opportunities could be available to a first-generation student.
“I come from a traditional El Salvadorian household,” she said. “At times, the most that is expected of the young women is to become a wife and mother. Growing up as a first-generation student, I was very blessed to have parents that saw education as a valuable resource.
“Since my time at Texas Woman’s University, I have realized how important it is for me to see the world for myself while still growing in my profession.”
The Fulbright Program — the flagship international education program sponsored by the U.S. government — is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Participants, who are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, are given the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.