Fulbright Scholar - Jacob Owens '11
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea
What is your major?
International Affairs and Mathematics
What is your hometown?
How do you think your Lewis & Clark education contributed to you seeing yourself as a citizen in a global community?
My past four years here at Lewis & Clark College have enabled me to pursue my two passions: mathematics and international human rights. Though I am aware how distinct these two concentrations are from one another, both are paramount interests of mine that have driven much of my academic career and continue to drive my professional ambitions. Using my double major of international affairs and mathematics, I intend to find (or create) a career in mathematical education reform or international human rights politics. The analytical tools gained by my education here, my relentless dedication to my work, and my zeal for political activism will continue to shape my future in ways unknown, but my time at Lewis & Clark has prepared me for whatever lies ahead.
What are your plans for the future, and how do you think your Fulbright experience will figure in those plans?
As I stated prior, I will return from my Fulbright to a position as a Teach for America corps member, teaching high school math. After, I intend to attend a graduate school in order to pursue a career as either a Professor of International Relations (focus on human rights and international law), a mathematics education reformer, or a political quantifier. Though these fields are distinct, my experiences at Lewis & Clark and the next three years will prepare me to continue on my way.
Any advice to share with other Lewis & Clark students applying for similar awards in the future?
Capitalize on the opportunities Lewis & Clark provides. Get involved with your interests, always have a job (it shows commitment, time management, and organizational skills), immerse yourself in the campus so as to understand the functioning of the school (it provided much practical experience and a glimpse of the professional world), and volunteer. There is a plethora of opportunities to pursue passions and interests in our community, whether at Lewis & Clark or in Portland, do not settle for mediocrity in your extracurriculars. Lastly, get to know your professors. Having such a small school makes developing a relationship with your professors easy and engaging. Your professors will be your biggest advocate in preparing for the future, do not discount them and their impact.