Brittany Horton '12 Awarded Fulbright Fellowship
By Frank Radosevich II
April 30, 2012
Bradley senior Brittany Horton has never traveled outside the United States. However, this summer, she will undertake the voyage of a lifetime with the prestigious Fulbright program in Asia.
As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea, Horton will spend a year living with a host family and teaching English to Korean students. The program is the perfect blend of Horton’s love of language and culture combined with her enthusiasm for helping others.
“I realized how language is a way to gain mutual understanding across different groups and how it’s also a way for us to help people,” Horton, an English and sociology major, said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to, that service aspect to help the Korean community.”
Begun in 1992, the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program places American college graduates as elementary or secondary school teachers. The program brings about 80 Americans to South Korea each year, pairing them with a Korean instructor for an English class and with a host family.
Horton—who will graduate summa cum laude in May and leave for Asia in July—learned of the program while leafing through a book on financial aid last summer at home. She contacted Bradley’s Fulbright program advisor, Dr. Timothy Conley, within the hour to start her application.
“I felt so confident knowing he was familiar with the program,” said Horton, who learned last week she was accepted.
Conley, an associate English professor who taught Horton early American literature last year, said Horton’s acceptance was no shock given her academic success.
“She’s an exceptional student. She was able to present her very good credentials in thoughtful prose,” he said. “I was pleased but not surprised when I heard the news.”
Horton, a native of Matteson, Ill., said she chose Bradley for its small class sizes and infectious school spirit and has participated in several volunteer and service projects on campus. She even recruited her younger sister, Ashley, a junior studying elementary education, to study on the Hilltop.
“I let her know that at Bradley you feel like a person and not like a number in a class. The teachers know your name,” she said. “You even feel comfortable approaching them if you just see them walking on campus.”
After completing her Fulbright, Horton hopes to continue her studies by pursuing a master’s or doctorate in education, sociology or business. Having never traveled abroad before, Horton said she’s been mentally preparing for her adventure by speaking with friends who have been overseas, downloading apps to teach herself basic Korean and learning all she can about her new home.
Overall, she sees her upcoming year in Korea as more than just another bullet point on her resume.
“My goal has always been to help others,” she said. “I hope to serve as a cultural ambassador.”