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Study Abroad Alum and Student Ambassador Offered Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award

Study Abroad Alum and Student Ambassador Offered Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award




June 1, 2020

Marissa Olson (BS Global Studies '20) is a current Study Abroad Student Ambassador and is an alum of Drexel in Costa Rica: Healthcare in Latin America. Tatiana Krakhmaleva, another Student Ambassador, took the time to chat with Marissa about her impressive achievement in being offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award. 

In times of uncertainty, people are usually looking for a success story or someone they can look at and say, “One day, I want to be like them”. In this article, we want to highlight a student from the historic Class of 2020.  

Marissa Olson started as a Biology major at Drexel with a goal to pursue her career in the medical field. However, she changed her mind very quickly after she went on Alternative Spring Break to Haiti. Being out of the country for the first time, she saw the other side of the world and quickly realized how difficult lives are for so many people, remarking that she witnessed "all of these people and no one is doing anything about it!” Two more global experiences and four years later, now a Global Studies major with a minor in Public Health and Spanish, Marissa is graduating this June with the hope of making the world a better place. Marissa will start this goal in Spain as a recipient of a Fulbright award to participate in the English Teaching Assistant Program. 


The Fulbright Teaching Assistant program offers talented and bright individuals the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for the United States while teaching the English language for a whole year. The application process is rigorous, but the reward is certainly worth it.  

Marissa is beyond thrilled to not only fully immerse herself in a new culture, but also to share her knowledge and experiences with new peers and students. As a “Fulbrighter, in addition to helping in classrooms, she will work to create a safe space for young women to learn about themselves and to feel empowered and confident. Marissa has been surrounded by strong women who guided her every step of the way throughout her life, and now believes it is her turn to inspire a new generation of leaders.  

Due to COVID-19, Marissa’s program has been postponedNeverthelessshe is still ecstatic to live and work in Spain as a Fulbright recipient. Please join the Office of Global Engagement in congratulating Marissa on this achievement!