MARY LAGDAMEO '05 AWARDED 2005 FULBRIGHT GRANT
Mary Lagdameo '05, an East Asian studies major, was recently awarded a 2005 Fullbright-Hays Exchange Program Grant to support a year of teaching English in an elementary school in Taiwan. Looking forward to earning a master's degree focusing on Chinese women's history, she views her Fullbright as an opportunity to become more immersed in Chinese culture.
"I'm interested in intercultural exchange and identity issues," she explains. "I didn't start to study Chinese until my sophomore year, but I broadened my Mandarin language skills at the Middlebury Summer Language School and then spent the spring semester of my junior year at the Beijing Foreign Studies University."
Lagdameo's study abroad was supported by a Freeman Asia Scholarship. During her time in Beijing, she worked with Handicap International, a nonprofit governmental organization (NGO). This year, Lagdameo completed a thesis titled "Migrant Children's Education in Beijing and Shanghai" under the direction of Haverford Professor of History and East Asian Studies Paul J. Smith.
If she's a quick study in the classroom, Lagdameo is equally quick on her feet. She competed for Bryn Mawr for one season in indoor and two seasons of outdoor track and field and was named a 2005 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Black Issues in Higher Education. One week before graduation, she broke the school record for the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the Centennial Conference Championship.
to Bryn Mawr Now 5/12/2005