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Welcome FLTA Anna Jerusalem

— by on October 27th, 2016

How to say “Welcome” in German: Willkommen

Anna Jerusalem
2016 Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

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Tell us about yourself. 

My name is Anna Jerusalem and I am 28 years old. I grew up in a tiny village in the very south of Austria, close to the border of Italy and Slovenia. There, I lived with my parents and my two older siblings for 20 years. Traveling, exploring and living in and with other cultures has always been an important part of my life, because my parents have been working closely with humanitarian organizations all over the world. Thus, after finishing high school, I decided to spend some time abroad. I visited many places in Europe and Asia, traveled around Africa, and also spent several months in North America. My experiences abroad and my parents’ dedication to their work have strengthened my interests in the two fields of health care and education, which have accompanied my academic career ever since. While I am currently in my fourth year of the teaching degree program for English and psychology/philosophy at the University of Graz, I have just successfully completed the requirements for a master’s degree in management in the health sector with a specialization in health promotion.

What made you come to Washington and Lee as an FLTA? 

The reason why I chose to apply for this FLTA position is that it is a wonderful opportunity of cultural and academic experience. I do not only have the chance to apply my pedagogical skills, but also to immerse myself in a totally different culture.

What is your favorite part about the area so far?

I really enjoy the familial atmosphere in Lexington.

 Is there anything in particular that you are looking forward to doing while you are in the USA?

I would love to travel along the eastern coast of the United States.

What are your plans for when you return home?

I will finish the teaching degree program at the University of Graz and will start to work as a part-time research fellow at the University of Applied Sciences, where I continue my research in health literacy in educational settings.

What do you like to do for enjoyment?

When I am not at university or traveling, I spend a lot of time in my kitchen and transform it into a labratory where I try out different cooking experiments. I really enjoy being at home, having friends and family over for a good meal and to catch up on our lives.

Reach out to Anna at jerusalema17@mail.wlu.edu.