By Katy TerBerg
“To be honest, I feel completely humbled and honored. I hope to be able to share with my Spanish students a little bit about American culture and to be able to bring back to the United States with me a little about theirs,” said Alicia Acosta, a recent Spanish secondary education graduate who has been awarded the Fulbright scholarship to study abroad in Spain.
Acosta learned about the Fulbright program several years ago while accompanying her mother in Romania, where her mother was starting a three year tour of Europe at the U.S. embassy. “When I arrived I was offered a position to work in the political section, which I thought would be a great experience,” she said.
“The Fulbright office in Bucharest worked closely with the U.S. Embassy and I learned about the different programs offered by Fulbright, never dreaming that one day I would be a Fulbright recipient,” said Acosta.
Acosta developed an interest in traveling to Spain at an early age. “My dad is Venezuelan and I spent the first 20 years of my life living in Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela.) His side of the family identifies strongly with their Spanish roots, as do I,” she said.
Acosta will travel to Spain as an English teaching assistant. She will start her adventure in northern Spain by walking a section of “The Way of St. James,” an ancient pilgrim path.
“I hope to travel as much as possible throughout the country and to visit a small Basque town that bears my family’s last name, Acosta,” she said.