Jamie Ko '05 Wins Fulbright
Jamie Ko, a senior women’s studies/gender studies major at Occidental College, has been offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to spend 13 months in South Korea teaching English to middle school or high school students.
The Warren, Ohio, resident and 2001 Howland High School graduate will be given a teaching assignment location after a six-week orientation in which she will take part in intensive Korean language study. Ko also will be trained in ESL techniques and cultural issues.
“I believe that this project is important in the larger scale of fortifying relations between the U.S. and South Korea,” Ko said. “I am certain to learn a great deal from my teaching experience as well. And I will be able to educate others about my country, offering students what they cannot learn from textbooks.”
Ko plans to attend law school when she returns to the United States. At Occidental, she has served as co-chair of the executive board of the Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, the primary cultural organization for Asian students on campus. Last year she was named “Campus Leader of the Year 2003-2004” by the Office of Student Life. The award recognized outstanding service, commitment, and leadership to the Occidental community.