It doesn’t hurt one’s career by graduating summa cum laude from a prestigious University such as Wake Forest by following up immediately with a “Fulbright” and heading off to a foreign country. Anmargaret Warner is doing just that having been accepted into the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program. She will teach English at the Balvantra
y Mehta Vidya Bhawan Anguridevi Shersingh Memorial Academy in New Delhi, India. This assignment will be her third visit to India. She previously participated in work-study programs in high school and college. Her teaching assignment beginning in late July will be at the Balvantray Mehta Vidya Bhawan Anguridevi Shersingh Memorial Academy in New Delhi, India.
With more than 1.2 billion citizens, India is second only to the People’s Republic of China in population. Several hundred languages are spoken there and Hindi is the most widespread native language. Due to its colonial history, English is widely used throughout the continent.
“I’m attracted to India by its many contradictions – the country’s timelessness, but also relevance as a political and economic player in the world today,” she said. “I’m looking forward to soaking in as much as I can about Indian culture in New Delhi, from learning Hindi to Northern Indian cooking. I think that how many people around the world view the U.S. is shaped by what they see in movies and on TV, so I’m excited to share a wider range of American experiences with my students, colleagues, and neighbors.”
Anmargaret attended Ocracoke School till the eighth grade and graduated from Mercersburg Academy (PA).She made the Dean’s List at Wake Forrest and her degree is in English Literature and with minors in journalism and communications. She is the daughter of Howard’s Pub owner Ann Warner and the late George “Buffy” Warner and sister of Blackburn, currently an East Carolina University student and Ocracoke volunteer firefighter. How is this for a contrast from her early years as a student on Ocracoke? The size of the classes she will be teaching will be between 40 to 90 students. Ocracoke’s graduating class this year was ten students, and six graduates are projected for the class of 2015.
In 1945, Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the ‘promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.’ The following year, President Truman signed the bill into law and the Fulbright Program has since become U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program.
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