Patricia Lee '07
Patricia Lee ‘07
Patricia Lee ‘07
Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in South Korea
“I just hope that together with my students, we will be able to teach one another about each other’s cultures and exchange stories where there may be a common thread of experiences despite differences,” says Patricia Lee.
Lee’s Fulbright teaching assistantship will take her to South Korea where she will teach English as a Foreign Language to secondary school children.
A political science major, Lee has been a member of the Pace Model United Nations team for three years. A peaceful world is high on her agenda. “As citizens of the globe, we need to learn how to communicate effectively by speaking each other’s languages; otherwise, there will be missed opportunities for peace. My personal, professional and academic involvements, such as the Pace University Model United Nations team, have helped me to become conscious of the world in which I live.
“I believe that Fulbright embodies the very spirit of international peace, understanding and cultural exchange so that concerned citizens of the world may make it a much more sustainable place to live. My involvement in the Pace University Model United Nations team throughout college has helped me become such a citizen by enhancing my knowledge on some of the world’s most challenging issues. I can either continue to speak of these global issues or turn my words into deeds. I chose the latter and thus decided to apply for the Fulbright,” she explains.
Very active on campus, in addition to Model UN Lee is a member of Passion, an Asian Interest Group, a member of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, and former intern with the Unitarian Universalist-United Nations Office where she wrote an article on human rights violations of the Hmong and spoke on a panel on the subject.
Dyson College faculty assistance
“Dr. William Offutt oversaw the application process and was most helpful in making sure that my application was perfected,” Lee says.
Her aspiration for the experience is two-fold. “I anticipate that I will be able to enhance my students’ knowledge of a language effectively so that they can one day apply it towards whatever role they assume in society. In the same manner, I hope to gain a better understanding of the Korean language and culture as well,” she says.
Upon returning to the United States, Lee plans to earn a PhD in international relations. “I will utilize my experiences in Korea to further these studies in the context of the Asian region. I also hope to further my studies in human rights and international law in order to promote global peace and understanding. Ultimately, I want to work with an organization such as the United Nations,” Lee says.