Gjinko ’11 Awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany

May 3rd, 2011 by 

Photo by: John Buckingham

Herma Gjinko ’11, of Worcester, Mass., has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany, where she will teach English to German students.

A political science major with a self-designed minor in European integration, Gjinko has always been interested in the cultural and political differences between Eastern and Western Europe. A participant of Holy Cross’ Washington Semester Program, she interned for the East European Studies Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and researched the Greek financial crisis, and Turkey’s position in the transatlantic system.

“My own personal story propelled me to intellectually explore the political phenomenon of European Integration that creates an increasingly closer union between Europeans. From my studies, I began to realize that Germany was the champion of this new vision that surpasses national boundaries,” Gjinko said of her academic interests in Germany.

Gjinko pursued a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany because she recognized the country’s struggle to integrate its recent influx of Eastern immigrants into its national culture. As someone who has personally experienced bridging the gap between Eastern European and Western cultures, Gjinko hopes that she can help participate in efforts to promote multicultural tolerance.

She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in international relations and hopes to one day work as a professor or for the State Department.

At Holy Cross, Gjinko is a senator at large for the Student Government Association and a member of the Political Science Student Advisory Committee, Relationship Peer Educator, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Gjinko has also tutored students in Worcester’s Let’s Get Ready! SAT prep program.

Each year approximately 1,000 college students are awarded grants through the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange. Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program’s inception in 1946, more than 250,000 participants — chosen for their leadership potential — have had the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions.

Read about this year’s other Holy Cross Fulbright Grant recipients: Francesca Bruzzese ’11, Jennifer Caffrey ’11, Kerry Drury ’11, Kristen Dunlap ’08, William Grebe ’11, Jamie McCarthy ’11, Thomas McGlynn ’11, Abigail Chorlton Riskind ’11, and Kathryn Simison ’11.

| More
Tags
Categories
German, News

Comments are closed.

02/16/17 Holy Cross Faculty Member Recognized for Contributions to Catholic Higher Education
02/16/17 Religious Studies Professor Offers Response to the Potential Repeal of the Johnson Amendment
02/15/17 Holy Cross Names Dan Kim Vice President for Communications
02/15/17 Margaret Peterlin ’93 Joins State Department as Secretary Rex Tillerson’s Chief of Staff
See All
See All
Featured Videos

See video
Holy Cross Faculty Member Recognized for Contributions to Catholic Higher Education

Watch Video >
See video
Time-Lapse Video: 13 Inches of Snow Blanket Campus

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins ’63 Honored as Helmerich Distinguished Author, Reads Poetry on NPR

Watch Video >
See video
Video, Photo Gallery: Holy Cross Wishes You a Merry Christmas

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Holy Cross History Professor Featured in PBS Pearl Harbor Documentary

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Two-Time Heisman Candidate Gordie Lockbaum ’88 Featured by ESPN in ‘30 for 30 Short’

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Holy Cross Students are ‘More Engaged’

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Take a Look at Campus Life After the Sun Sets

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Class of 2020 Receives A Holy Cross Welcome on Move-In Day

Watch Video >
See video
VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Talks Holy Cross in Web Exclusive

Watch Video >
More

Summer OL Training
6/14/2017

See More >


Summer OL Training
6/13/2017

See More >


Summer OL Training
6/12/2017

See More >


SAM'S CLUB
6/8/2017

See More >


Summer OL Training
6/8/2017

See More >


Sexual Misconduct Policy Training
6/7/2017
Henry M. Hogan Campus Center 519
Henry M. Hogan Campus Center 519: Open to Campus Community OnlySee More >


Women's Forum Weekly Meeting
5/11/2017

See More >


MSO Advocate Program (Event canceled)
5/11/2017

See More >


AAC Luncheon
5/10/2017

See More >


Athletics
5/10/2017

See More >


Kimball Captains' Senior Send Off Dinner
5/9/2017

See More >


Women's Track and Field Banquet
5/9/2017

See More >


Dean's Spring Address
5/9/2017

See More >


Dean's Address
5/9/2017

See More >


Summer Internship Send Off Meeting
5/9/2017

See More >


Summer Internship Send Off Meeting
5/8/2017

See More >


Cinco de Mayo
5/5/2017

See More >


Women's Forum Weekly Meeting
5/4/2017

See More >


Real Estate Club Meeting
5/4/2017
Edith Stein Hall 118C
Edith Stein Hall 118C: The main goal of the Real Estate Club will be to expose HC students to a broad... See More >

More Holy Cross in the News

02/15/17

Margaret Peterlin ’93 Joins State Department as Secretary Rex Tillerson’s Chief of Staff

The Washington Post

Maintaining a cohesive team at the State Department is critical to the agency’s future success, writes Josh Rogin, a columnist for the Global Opinions section of The...

02/14/17

Religious Studies Professor Reflects on Shaker Culture, Insights

The Conversation

Moved by the recent passing of Sister Frances Carr, thought to be one of the last known Shaker, professor of religious studies Joanne M. Pierce discusses Shaker legacy and...

02/14/17

Why Early Aid Letters Matter: Holy Cross Financial Aid Expert Comments on New FAFSA Rules

U.S. News & World Report

Lynne Myers, director of financial aid at College of the Holy Cross, explains why the changes to the financial aid process, effective for the 2017-2018 academic year, could...