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Barta ’18 is a Fulbright U.S. Student

Alexa Barta ’18
Author: 
Trina Vue ’20, Communications and Marketing
Publication date: 
October 22, 2018
  • A statistics and Spanish alumna, Barta will spend nine months teaching English in Brazil, beginning February 2019.
  • Having spent four years at Morris working with the region's Latino community as a teacher in the Community English as a Second Language program, Barta is eager to learn more about the culture of her students and their experiences during her Fulbright year.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest United States exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Alexa Barta '18 earned a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for 2018–19. A statistics and Spanish alumna, Barta will spend nine months teaching English in Brazil, beginning February 2019.

Barta earned an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award, which will place her in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. She also will represent the United States as a cultural ambassador during her time overseas.

Having spent four years at Morris working with the region's Latino community as a teacher in the Community English as a Second Language program, Barta is eager to learn more about the culture of her students and their experiences during her Fulbright year.

"I wanted to go outside of my comfort zone and put my language and intercultural competence skills to good use," Barta says, "To me, the opportunity to teach English in a country where I have never been, speaking a language that I am unfamiliar with, is the perfect fulfillment of that."

The Journey There

For her success in the application process, Barta credits the support and guidance of Professor of History and Coordinator for National and International Fellowships Jennifer Deane and other Morris faculty members as well as coursework in her major.

"Students who choose UMN Morris bring so many combined talents with them—especially strong academic skills, passion for civic engagement, and curiosity about the world—that they are intrinsically excellent candidates for such fellowship programs and opportunities," says Deane, "Their successes not only put Morris on the Fulbright Top-Producing Institutions list this year, but we are proud to be the only public, low-tuition institution among the 48 liberal arts colleges named across the country."

"I felt like I had a strong support network around me," adds Barta.

The Road Ahead

With this experience and her Morris degree, Barta next will pursue a career in immigration data analysis, which will allow her to combine her skills in data analysis and intercultural competence.

"My experience living and working in Brazil will allow me to experience another culture outside of my own, and will continue to broaden my global perspective and strengthen my intercultural competence skills."

About Fulbright

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest United States exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Learn more at us.fulbrightonline.org.

The Fulbright competition is administered at Morris through the Academic Center for Enrichment. To learn more, visit ace.morris.umn.edu.