Western Washington University Alumni Association

Sara Johnson

Major - English
Hometown - Sheridan, WY

“I hope to become an educator of the same caliber as I’m sure some of you are, and use your generosity to give back to my students and community upon my graduation.”

When I was given the opportunity to study abroad this Fall, I was ecstatic! However, even with a $10,000 grant I was awarded by the program hosting my experience (CIEE), I still had a large amount of money to raise in order to make my study abroad dreams a reality. When I received an email from the WWU Honors Department letting Honors students know of the amazing Alumni Scholarship, I knew I had to apply. I’m so honored that the Alumni Association chose me as one of the recipients this year; it means so much that successful former students believe I am worthy of a financial award to help with my academic goals.

This scholarship took a big bite out of the expenses I have for my study abroad trip this fall. I will be participating in the inaugural class of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)’s Global Institutes Open Campus program, which allows students to study abroad in up to three major European capitals in one semester. I will be studying for 6 weeks each (18 weeks total) in Berlin, London, and Paris, and hope to supplement my study abroad experience with excursions to other cities and countries as well. These capital cities are among the most expensive places to study abroad in Europe, so again, I am so grateful that the Alumni Association has honored me with this scholarship!

For my study abroad curriculum, I wanted to choose classes from a wide variety of topics. In Berlin, I’m taking a class on Radio Production and Propaganda, and in London, a 19th Century Literature class (my favorite era of literature). As a future English/Humanities teacher, I’m excited to take the first-hand experiences I have during my time in Europe to find creative ways to teach my students. I feel I will be better equipped to teach topics like Victorian culture or the Holocaust if I can visit the places involved for myself and encourage my students to travel and see historic landmarks for themselves.

I enjoy video gaming, reading, blogging and gardening. My friends and I meet up often to break bread and share meaningful conversations about world events, films, and philosophy. I also consider myself a cinephile and go to the movie theatre almost once a week!


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