April Reino ’12 has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Beginning in September, she will spend a year in Vienna teaching English at a secondary school while also studying at the University of Vienna.
She is the 30th student from Concordia to win a Fulbright Award since the college began participating in the program in the mid-1980s. Concordia is among the leading Lutheran colleges in securing Fulbrights. Reino is currently teaching English at an elementary school in Incheon, South Korea.
“It’s a great place for English teachers,” says Reino. “Nearly half the population of the country lives in the Seoul metro area, so it’s easy to meet Koreans and people from all over the world.”
Reino says studying abroad in Germany and participating in Concordia Forensics gave her the skills and confidence to work abroad.
“I was a timid person when I came to Concordia, but my teachers, coaches and teammates helped me conquer my fear of the unknown, and I learned how to take more risks,” she says. “I was challenged to go for my goals.”
At the University of Vienna, Reino will conduct research on international law and its role in the world economic crisis. After her Fulbright year, she plans to attend law school and ultimately work with an international organization.
“Vienna is a perfect fit for me. It hosts dozens of international organizations and is a crossroads between Western and Eastern cultures in Europe,” says Reino.