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For ASU Polytechnic campus graduating senior Julia Christine Anderson, the news that she was chosen to receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to South Korea for the 2018-19 academic year ticked just about every one of her passions: her love of teaching (she’ll be an English teaching assistant in secondary education), her fascination with history and political science, her wanting to make an impact in international development, and especially her blossoming knowledge of and interest in South Korea.
“I’ve been interested in the two Koreas since I was a freshman in high school,” Anderson said. “I was a policy debater, and my topic for the entire year was on U.S. military involvement in South Korea. Since then, I’ve closely followed the news on the conflict, tutored South Korean students and learned about the situation from their perspective. Waking up to the news that the two countries had reached a peace agreement was a very joyful moment for me,” she added, “and I’m so happy for the citizens of Korea who have long struggled with this divide.”
Anderson came to ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts from Petaluma, in Northern California, as an English major.
“I chose ASU because I was impressed with the Polytechnic campus and with Barrett, the Honors College,” she said. “ASU offered affordability and quality, and I had wanted to go to school away from home, so it was a good choice for a number of reasons.” Read more here.