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W&L’s Maggie Hardin ’22 Earns Fulbright to Germany Maggie Hardin '22 has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany.

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Washington and Lee University’s Maggie Hardin ’22 has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. At W&L, Hardin is majoring in German and minoring in art history and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Hardin is a Columbia, South Carolina native, and she attended A.C. Flora High School.

“I am so excited for this experience,” said Hardin. “Living in Germany has been a long-term goal since high school. Spending my fall term in Germany during my sophomore year was one of the best experiences I’ve had in college, and I’m so ready to go back. Being there made me inexplicably happy. The Fulbright experience will also give me time to consider my options in the future and apply for other opportunities.”

On campus, Hardin is the marketing coordinator for the German Club, a member of the Queer Liberation Alliance and a Staniar Gallery intern. Jamie Roots, visiting assistant professor of German at W&L, has been one of Hardin’s mentors during her time at W&L.

“Maggie has been such an outstanding student,” said Roots. “Her dedication and passion for teaching and mentoring inspired her application to this prestigious award, and I am so happy that she’ll be able to have this truly unparalleled experience working with students in Germany. I can’t think of a better representative for W&L and the U.S. abroad, and I know she will have such great success on this amazing and certainly very-deserved opportunity.”

Hardin will leave for the English Teaching Assistantship in September 2022 and be abroad for ten months. When she returns to the United States, she plans to work on her master’s degree in gender and sexuality studies, but is not making any concrete decisions yet.

“I’m currently enjoying the Staniar Gallery internship, so I may want to continue along that line professionally when I get back home,” said Hardin. “I’m also excited to get more teaching experience through the Fulbright and see if that’s a career I’d like to pursue.”

The Fulbright Program was established over 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Washington and Lee University is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Students for the fourth consecutive year.

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