IC Alumni Spotlight: Grace Wivell ’14

Meet our Alumni Spotlight of the Week, Grace Wivell, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in English with a teaching option. Grace currently is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia. On March 24, the Honors Program is doing a meeting about the Fulbright Program so if you’re interested in learning more about how Grace got this position, look out for more information over the next couple weeks! Learn more about Grace below!


Current positions: “I am currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Indonesia, working with tenth and eleventh graders at the fabulous SMAN 10 in Malang, East Java. I spend my days trying to make English grammar both accessible and fun, learning about the amazing students with whom I am so privileged to work, and failing to remember the difference between the Indonesian words for key and cat.”

A piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC: “Don’t be afraid to fail. Whether I was successful or fell flat on my face, I learned the most from the experiences which were also the most challenging, and I have found a willingness to the risks serves one quite well in the “real world” that looms beyond college.”

Favorite Honors seminar and why: “I’ve always been terrible at picking favorites, so I am not sure how to choose a favorite Honors seminar. Why Are We Here? framed much of my considerations about the education world in which I will probably spend the rest of my existence. Women and Fairy Tales got me to write poetry again, a re-discovered habit that has helped me to meet new friends from which to learn. Science in Poetry combined the sciences and the humanities in exactly the way I had hoped the Honors minor would. However, I must say it is the conversations we had in London as Text, about how we can build our understanding of a place, which are most relevant to me in my current situation. I’ve come a long way since I was a sophomore bumbling about parks and getting on the wrong Tube line, but while I cannot re-take the course, I am still constantly re-evaluating my perceptions of place, and of belonging, which were so central to my experience in that course.”

One word that sums up your university experience: “I’m an English major. How dare you make me choose just one word! But, since you insist, I shall give you one word: inspiring.”

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