Scholar Spotlight: Emily Donner
Scholar at University of Iowa
“Besides earning this scholarship, my biggest accomplishment has been getting so close to graduation and doing it within four years. Thanks to my last internship, I now have a full-time job lined up after I graduate.”
What is the most interesting thing you have done to explore or gain experience in your career field?
In the Fall of 2022, I will be a teaching assistant and tutor through the university and will be able to have my own classroom and students. I am so excited for this opportunity to learn more teaching methodologies and form new relationships with students and faculty.
I am also in the process of applying for an English Teaching Assistant Award through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. If I am selected as an awardee, I will be able to live in another country for a year and teach English while establishing and promoting diplomatic relations with the United States. I am hoping to travel to an East Asian or European country.
How are you sharing your time and/or talents with others now? How do you hope to do so in the future?
Iowa City has many wonderful opportunities to advance as an English language teacher due to the high demand of community members wanting to learn the language. Right now, I am involved with the Friendship Community Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching English and life skills to Iowa City-area adult immigrants and refugees. Twice a week, I tutor a man in English who immigrated here from the Congo.
What has been your biggest challenge since starting college?
My biggest challenge since I transferred from Southwestern Community College to the University of Iowa is being farther away from my family. Due to our busy schedules, I am not able to travel home as often as I used to.
What’s the best food on campus?
My favorite place to eat is Mesa, a downtown pizza joint in Iowa City. With Iowa’s campus being so close to downtown, it’s a quick walk from class.
What campus activities do you like to participate in?
I volunteer with University of Iowa’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity focused on the pillars of leadership, friendship and service. Through this fraternity, I have been able to volunteer at numerous places throughout Iowa City and Coralville, while making friends in the process.
I also enjoy when the Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosts bingo or movie night, and going to the rec center for Zumba classes.