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Charity Gates (`14Ox, `16C) Fulbright ETA, Senegal


Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Award supported

One-year English teaching placement in Senegal

Undergraduate major(s)

International Studies

Extracurricular Activities/Involvements at Emory: Writer and editor for Black Star Emory, Study Abroad Social Media Ambassador, Photography Club President, tutor with Washington Street Community Center, OxFam Club Liason.


Charity is currently a 3rd year law student, pursuing her lifelong dream of working in the creative industries as an Intellectual Property attorney. 

Q: What experiences at Emory prepared you for the Fulbright award? 

A: My study abroad experiences first in Ecuador through Dr. McQuaide's sociology class at Oxford, and secondly in Paris at SciencesPo through Emocharity-gates-alumni-eta-senegal-2.jpgry's CIPA exchange program.   Additionally, my introduction to comparative politics class with Professor Wickham was extremely insightful in terms of gaining a perspective of foreign political systems. The introduction to African Studies course with Professor Philips was also a great foundational class to take before embarking on a Fulbright to West Africa. I would also like to highlight my Nations et Nationalismes course with Professor Xavier, from whom I learned a lot about national identity. Through Professor Xavier's course, I got a pre-introduction to Senegalese culture and the various nuances about its national identity.

Q: What memorable or interesting things happened during your Fulbright fellowship experience? 

A: Completing a Fulbright in Senegal was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I learned so  charity-gates-alumni-eta-senegal_making-bread.jpgmuch about myself and about the continent of Africa. I didn't realize how deep my connections were to the continent  realizing that a lot of the cultural tendencies that I learned growing up in the South, including food and cultural communication, were common also in West Africa. I was surprised by the amazing community that I became apart of while spending nine short months in the country.

You can learn more about my journey through my VSCO blog here: Charity Gates VSCO

Q: What advice would you give current applicants, or to students considering applying for a nationally competitive award?

A: I would encourage students to maximize their experiences abroad while at Emory and to take full advantage of the diversity of coursework and professors available on campus. I would also make sure to get involved with student groups to make an impact on campus in addition to the community at large.

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