Exactly 30 years after her mother traveled to Germany on a Fulbright scholarship, Elsa Lund ’14, Seattle, will be heading there this fall.
Lund, a vocal performance major at Concordia, applied for Fulbright’s English Teaching Assistant Program with encouragement from her parents, who were both Fulbright scholars.
She heard the good news April 2 and immediately called her mom.
“My mom was the most excited of anyone I told,” Lund says.
Lund is the 31st student from Concordia to receive a Fulbright Award since the college began participating in the program in the mid-1980s.
Her parents have many friends in Germany, and Lund looks forward to meeting them and visiting other parts of the country while she's there.
After graduating in May from Concordia, Lund plans to spend a month at the Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minn., a place she has called home for 14 summers so far. She will then travel to France for a six-week Young Artists Opera Program in July before arriving in Germany.
Lund will teach English at a school in the region of Saxony in eastern Germany. She can also take classes and voice lessons at a university nearby and will have opportunities to travel.
“It will be cool to have that teaching experience,” she says.
Lund wants to be a voice teacher and performer after graduate school, which she has now deferred for a year. She is accepted to DePaul University in Chicago.
Besides the teaching experience, Lund also hopes to become fluent in German.
Her whole family speaks German and Lund has studied the language for a few years at Concordia. She is already fluent in Norwegian and has a great love of languages.
“This will help me a lot since German is one of the languages I’ll need to teach my (music) students,” Lund says.
She is very humble about receiving this scholarship.
“I know so many people here who could get one because they are smart and interested in research and love to travel,” she says.
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