ASU student studies in Northern Ireland with Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
In 2019, Maria Cornejo-Terry, a political science student at Arizona State University, was looking forward to studying abroad as a participant in the US and UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes (FUKSI), but the pandemic has put a damper on his plans.
Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three to four week programs for US undergraduate students who have little or no travel experience outside of North America. Participants explore UK culture, heritage and history while experiencing higher education at a UK university.
UK Summer Institutes are supported by private donations and through a USA Study Abroad Study Abroad Commitment Scholarship within the Department of Education’s Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs. American State and the Fulbright Commission’s partnership with the best British educational institutions.
Students participating in the program receive round-trip airfare, tuition paid at their host institution, accommodation, and in some cases, a daily meal allowance.
Last summer, Cornejo-Terry finally got the chance to make it to the UK, where she spent two weeks studying at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.
“I am very grateful to be able to participate in the FUKSI program, especially because I was chosen for this when the pandemic started. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to participate due to COVID-19 restrictions, but luckily this summer I was able to attend my program,” said Cornejo-Terry.
Cornejo-Terry, a student at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, grew up in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. As a native of the Latin border, she wants to pursue a master’s degree in migration studies and learn more about securing borders and policies related to border communities and migrants.
She worked on her honors thesis, which focuses on Title 42, a policy implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States to prevent migrants from seeking asylum, and its application to the point of d entrance to the US-Mexico border between Douglas and Agua Priéta.
We asked Cornejo-Terry about her interests and experiences as a FUKSI participant. Here’s what she had to say.
Question: What did you study in your program at Queen’s University Belfast?
Answer: An integral part of my study was to analyze the process of reconciliation between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland in relation to the Good Friday Agreement signed in 1998 after Bloody Friday and The Troubles.
Q: How will your experience at FUKSI influence your studies at ASU?
A: Religion was not entirely the focus of my program, but the identities formed by religion in Northern Ireland were integral to understanding how systems oppressed groups in homogeneous predominantly white communities outside the racial identities. I think my experience made me realize the importance of recognizing religion as a social construct in domestic and foreign politics, which motivated me to take a course in religion, ethics and international politics.
Q: What are your goals and how will your participation in FUKSI help you achieve them?
A: I come from Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Sonora, two border towns that shaped my desire to challenge border militarization. One aspect of my FUKSI program was to show the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement, which included the removal of border militarization between the Irish and Northern Irish border region. Although the resolution is far from over between the two groups, I believe that the way local communities use art to maintain their history and beliefs is an important way to resist the erasure of historical moments that have had a fatal impact on their communities. In contrast, the erasure of frontier history on the US-Mexico border is a pervasive issue that can be highlighted and partially addressed by border communities using art to share their stories and keep them alive for generations. future. In this way, I hope to be able to foster discussion about blurring boundaries through art in my community.
Q: This was your first time traveling outside of North America. What are your impressions of the trip and the places you went to?
A: I wasn’t sure what to expect when arriving in Northern Ireland, but I didn’t expect to feel so close to nature. Another FUKSI participant and I went to several natural sites, such as the Giant’s Causeway and the Dark Hedges. I absolutely loved the Giant’s Causeway, even though I accidentally walked in the wrong direction. Everywhere we went you could see sheep, which was a foreign concept to me, coming from a life in the desert. Despite the contrasting climates and environments, my trip made me appreciate nature much more. I also enjoyed Belfast’s museums immensely, especially the Titanic Museum. The Titanic was built and first sailed in Belfast, which makes it incredibly exciting to visit as it was interactive and showed letters written by passengers on the ship which unfortunately were never sent.
Q: If another student wanted to apply for FUKSI, what would you tell them?
A: I think I would tell all students to apply. Especially students from diverse backgrounds. In my case, I think my border identity and my LatinxThe gender-neutral term for a person who originated from a Spanish-speaking or Latin American land or culture, or whose ancestors originated from such a region. the identity allowed me to stand out from the other candidates. My identities also helped me become aware of cultural identities that exist within and across borders, which was important to understand in regards to my own program. It will be different for someone else, but I think showcasing your passions and identities highlights why you deserve to be in the program because no one is exactly the same as you. Even if you feel outside your comfort zone because you doubt your ability to succeed, apply. Don’t limit yourself based on what you think you deserve, because you’re probably smarter and worth more than you think.
Q: You worked on your FUKSI application with the National Fellowships Advisory Office (NASO) to ASU. What kind of help did you receive there?
A: I went to their workshops and arranged personal meetings with Dr. Jacquelyn Scott Lynch and Dr Laurie Stoff. However, I spent most of my time working with Dr. Scott Lynch who helped me focus on my strengths. I strongly recommend anyone applying for national scholarships to connect with ONSA. In my case, Dr Scott Lynch and Dr Stoff were very familiar with the FUKSI program and Northern Ireland which made it easier for me to understand what I needed to focus on to stand out in my application and application process. ‘maintenance.