International Business and Marketing major Siena Amodeo hopes one day to participate on the global stage, perhaps as a high-level employee of Google or Disney. She’s working toward that goal this summer as a participant in the prestigious and selective Fulbright Summer Institute.
From July 4-22, Amodeo will study at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, which specializes in the study of non-western civilizations.
Amodeo will take a course called Feminist Economics and Development, where she hopes to learn about the different economic policies in developing countries and how they affect men and women differently.
“It will be a very different experience than what I have in the United States,” the rising sophomore said. “Usually, we look at how the United States is related to other countries. In this program, I will be focusing on how non-western nations view the world.”
In addition, Amodeo and the other participants will get to see London, as well as take daytrips to Bath, Stonehenge, and Oxford.
Amodeo was chosen for the program by the US-UK Fulbright Commission. The commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process that looks for academic excellence, a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program, and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.
The commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning, and empathy between nations through educational exchange.
Fulbright Summer Institutes cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education program, including visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session, and opportunity to join its alumni networks.
Amodeo, who is from suburban Columbus, Ohio, said she’s excited to learn about and see more of the world.
“I’m an international business and marketing major, and this is not something a lot of business majors get to do,” she said. “A lot of the students participating in this are not business majors, so I think I’ll bring a unique perspective to the classroom, and I hope to be influenced by the students who are with me as well.”