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Growth in the Galapagos by Audrey Jenkins

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  • 1. SUMMER  INSTITUTE  OF  LITERARY  &  CULTURAL  STUDIES   2013  SILCS  Cohort  @  SILCS   Symposium   Literary  Friends     I  was  chosen  to  parTcipate  in  the  Summer   InsTtute  of  Literary  and  Cultural  Studies  at   Wheaton  College  for  the  month  of  June.   While  at  the  insTtute,  I,  along  with  the  nine   other  members  of  my  cohort,  engaged  in  a   graduate  level  seminar  on  theory,   parTcipated  in  a  symposium,  visited  various   Ivy  league  graduate  schools,  aended  a  GRE   prep  course,  and  prepared  materials  to  apply   for  graduate  school  in  the  future.  This   program,  a  Mellon-­‐funded  charter  to   promote  diversity  in  the  English  field,  was  one   of  the  best  experiences  of  my  academic   career,  and  will  conTnue  to  be  valuable  to  me   as  I  conTnue  my  career  in  academia.     Wheaton  College  campus  Norton,   MA   Beinecke  @  Yale     This  summer  I  had  the  joy  of  experiencing  the  growth  of  several  of  my  passions  while  teaching  piano  lessons,  voice  lessons,  and  English  on  the  island  of  San  Cristobal,  Galapagos.   As  a  volunteer  with  Performing  Arts  Abroad  and  Projects  Abroad  Ecuador,  I  spent  my  days  teaching  children  K-­‐12  and  forming  close  relationships  with  the  other  international   volunteers  there.  I  lived  with  a  Spanish-­‐speaking  host  family,  Hinding  a  second  home  with  some  of  the  most  caring  people  I  have  ever  met.  I  also  had  the  distinct  pleasure  of   receiving  my  PADI  Open  Water  scuba  diving  certiHication.     Teaching  piano,  voice,  and  English  abroad  conHirmed  my  passion  for  teaching,  further  preparing  me  to  pursue  a  career  in  education.    I  am  forever  indebted  to  the  Brown   Foundation  for  making  these  summer  experiences  a  reality.       Diego   playing  the   Minuet  in  G   John  Carter  Brown  Library   @Princeton     PADI  Open  Water  Diving   course   Horseback  riding  to  scenic   overlook  in  San  Cristobal   Alexandra  playing  the   Minuet  in  G   Dominic   &   Melanie   Los  Tuneles   The  classroom  mural  I   designed  and  executed     Afrodita,  Melanie,  and  JusTn  pracTcing   the  alphabet   Blue-­‐footed  boobies  @  Punta   Corola   Some  of  my  students  dancing  in   the  Independence  Day  parade   My  host  family  at  my  21st   birthday  party   Marine  iguanas   Mother  and  baby  seal  on  Playa   Mann   Fellow  volunteers  @  the   Independence  day  parade   PracTcing  with  one  of  my   vocal  groups   The  most  adorable  novice   ever,  Leonardo   Fun  in  choir…   Doing  worksheets  in  class   My  music  mentor,  Alvita,  and   Marco,  one  of  my  vocal  students   Saying  goodbye  to  my   beloved  class   Karoline  pracTcing  her   alphabet   My  (crazy)  English  class   My  fabulous  (and  only)  guitar   student!   Dominic  &   Sasha   Just  another  day  at  school!   The  harbor   at  sunset   Host  sister,   mother,   and  father   Lovely  Astrid,  playing  the   piano