May Clemson grad heads overseas on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
By Crystal Boyles
While it might be strange and at the same time exciting for Hattie Duplechain to be heading off to Nepal at the end of the summer, to those who know her it’s completely natural.
She’ll be spending the next year on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship working with either high school or college students. Extremely prestigious, the Fulbright was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946. One of its goals is to encourage relations and mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries.
“I really like the premise of the program,” Duplechain said. “(Nepal) is one of the youngest democracies in the world, and I’m interested in seeing how language affects the development and stabilization of a democracy, how learning a common language affects it.”
Always the adventurer, sometimes to her parents’ chagrin, Duplechain took advantage of opportunities to go overseas and was involved in numerous groups and Creative Inquiry classes across Clemson’s campus.
She spent a month in India in 2008 building homes and teaching English to children and young adults in a small village as part of the ICHEC India Housing Project. She also spent a month at the University of Oxford, England, participating in the Medieval Studies program with an emphasis on Medieval British history from 1066 to 1300.
“You could really see how history is still affecting the things we’re doing today,” Duplechain said.
When talking about her time at Clemson, Duplechain — who graduated from the Honors College in May with a dual degree in English and Communication Studies — couldn’t name just one professor who had an impact on her.
“The professors have always been so open and welcoming and supportive. Their encouragement makes you so much more open to ideas, and makes you want to delve in so much further,” she said. “They’ve been so instrumental in getting me to this point.”