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Anais Gude ’10 Heads to Slovakia

Fulbright Award Winner Interested in Bridging Cultures

Anais Gude '10 has received a Fulbright Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. Gude, a sociology major and Asian Studies minor with a concentration in Chinese language, will spend the upcoming year as an English Teaching Assistant in Sala, a small town east of Bratislava in the Slovak Republic.

Born near Paris, Gude moved to Colorado when she was 3, learning two languages and simultaneously integrating two cultures. She notes that "The Slovak Republic and I are about the same age and share commonalities in balancing national identities." Her interest in the Slovak Republic first stemmed from reading about a controversial bill that proposed all schools in Slovakia begin each day with the national anthem. "For a country with a history of re-establishing and maintaining its national identity while defining its independent culture, this issue caught my attention," she said. "As Slovakia expands its intellectual and economic borders beyond itself and Europe, the acquisition of English will become increasingly important among the Slovak youth."

Originally from Denver, Gude spent three years following graduation from Colorado College as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher with Teach for America on the island of Hawaii.

She is one of more than 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-2014 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

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