Mary Bisbee ’12

Mary Bisbee, ’12, Fulbright Scholar to EnglandMary Bisbee ’12, of Princeton, Mass., will teach English in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright Scholar. As a child, she was shy and more interested in books than in people. Then her grandmother started taking her on trips to such distant places as Ecuador and Italy. The exposure to foreign cultures opened her mind and kindled in her “a sense of adventure and a desire to learn about other languages,” she says. She majored in English and has a minor in Italian. She spent the fall semester of her junior year at the University of Edinburgh and the spring term in Ferrara, Italy, where she studied in an Italian-language immersion program. Her interest in teaching blossomed just last summer, when she used her Trustee Scholar stipend to intern at the Telling Room, a creative writing camp for children in Portland, Maine. After her Fulbright year, she hopes to attend graduate school to study linguistics.

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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).