While many students wonder what path they will take after graduation, Emily Bom already knew where her path would lead her – to Bulgaria.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the State Department to promote international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science. Students participate in a foreign exchange program that focuses on cultural exchange.
In addition to working as an English teaching assistant in secondary schools, Bom will also volunteer to facilitate after school programs, such as sports clubs and writing and speaking competitions.
Bom credits her experiences in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and UCF as a whole for preparing her for this upcoming trip.
“UCF’s excellence in instruction helped me improve my teaching abilities and gave me a passion for language instruction,” she said.
Bom hopes to share her love of the English language both inside and outside of the classroom, while immersing herself into the culture around her. She also believes this experience will guide her future career and help her decide if pursuing a graduate degree in English education or speech pathology is right for her.
“I have a passion and a desire to help those who come from different backgrounds than I do,” she said. “I am excited to grow in my abilities to effectively communicate and learn from those who have had different life experiences.”