Studying in the United Kingdom for three weeks at the Fulbright Aberystwyth University Summer Institute, Catherine Choi ’21 is part of a cultural and academic program focusing on contemporary issues in identity and nationhood through the lens of Wales.
The institute takes place in Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics, the oldest such department in the world. It is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.
The summer program is part of the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s work to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. The Commission was founded in 1948 to foster intercultural understanding.
As a Korean-American, Choi said, “the development of my identity has been muddled by constantly feeling at a crossroads between my very distinct ethnic background within the chaotic hodgepodge we call the U.S.; identity and nationhood are personally intimate topics of conversation that I will love to learn about through the lens of Wales, a culturally rich facet of an entirely different melting pot that is the UK.”
“A special thank you goes out to ILR Assistant Professor Paul Davis, who supported me throughout my application to the program and believed in my potential.”