Kristin Petroff ’12

Kristin Petroff '12Kristin Petroff ’12, of Coon Rapids, Minn., has spent years engaging her passion for language, love of teaching, and interest in the classical world through her coursework at Wheaton and volunteer experiences on and off campus. Now, Petroff, who double majored in English and classical civilization, will get to apply all that she has learned by teaching English in Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar. An experienced tutor and mentor, she says she is looking forward to continuing to help non-native English speakers build their language skills. And “in return,” she says, “I hope to learn their language, customs and traditions. Learning languages not only lets us communicate with each other, but also gives us insight into the lives and cultures of those very different from our own.”

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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).