Amanda-Joy Febles ’12

Amanda-Joy Febles, ’12, Fulbright Scholar to IndonesiaAmanda-Joy Febles ’12, an English major from Providence, R.I., will travel to Indonesia as a Fulbright Scholar to teach English to Indonesian children. When she was a high school student, Febles volunteered with her mother to lead informal English lessons for women and children who could not read or speak the language. That experience fueled a passion for teaching and writing that has inspired her to seek out new opportunities to exercise and share the power of language with others, from editorial internships to volunteer work in several elementary schools. “I enjoy the ‘aha’ moment that students have when they finally connect the dots about a concept. It’s amazing; you can see it in their faces, their posture, and how they raise their hands,” she says. “It makes me feel like I’ve helped to inspire intellectual curiosity and enabled my most doubtful students to believe in themselves.”

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Wheaton students have won 18 competitive national scholarships this year, including two Watson Fellowships and 10 Fulbright Scholarships (a college record for one year).