2014 Fulbright recipients: Alexandra Hill
Double-majoring in Spanish and sociology, Alexandra Hill ’14 of Wayland, Mass., was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for work in Brazil.
The youngest member of a bicultural family, Hill from an early age developed an interest in language and a curiosity about cultures. She is excited to visit Brazil at a momentous time, with the nation to host the soccer World Cup this year and the Summer Olympics in 2016. The English Teaching Assistantship, she says, is an opportunity to use “my experiences in education to contribute to the preparations for these events.”
While studying abroad in Uruguay, Hill interned with a local organization in which she undertook challenging teaching assignments that taught “the importance of understanding students and their struggles and developing practical ways of overcoming these obstacles in the classroom.”
Hill conducted a senior thesis project that researched social media as an educational and social phenomenon among Brazilian youth. She was a dean’s list student at Bates and was part of the women’s rowing team that took second place in the NCAA competitions. She hopes to pursue a career incorporating translation and interpretation services.