Katelyn Bustin

Host institution: Medical University of Lodz, Center for Foreign Languages, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Postgraduate Training

Grant category: English Teaching Assistant

Academic year: 2016-2017
Grant start date: October 1, 2016
Grant end date: June 30, 2017

I am from Lancaster, PA, about two hours from Philadelphia. I recently graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. I have clocked in many hours and years of undergraduate organic chemistry research, resulting in scientific publications. Though I am very STEM focused, I am a huge participant and advocate for language arts and enjoy reading and writing daily. While in college, I spent time as a teaching assistant for organic chemistry and as a tutor for many subjects. These experiences and the dream of emulating a high school Polish teacher’s instructional ways, have led me to wish to be a teacher. While being very academically focused, my other interests lay in advocating for human rights, especially those of women, experiencing and understanding other cultures, staying active by running and in sports such as soccer, understanding and contributing positively to climate change, attending musicals, and reading memoirs. I am extremely ecstatic to be able to spend time in Poland as an ETA truly becoming a global citizen. This opportunity has granted me the chance to emphasize language by teaching English in a STEM environment and experience a beautiful and unique culture at the same time. I am excited to immerse myself in this powerful cultural exchange and come out strengthened in many aspects of my life. Upon returning to the states, I plan on receiving my Ph.D. in chemistry so that I can teach it at the college level, perhaps while also striving to write a novel, read every day, be a voice for women, and continue to unite the world by traveling.