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Chelsea Duff: Finding Your Life’s Passion

December 03, 2013

Alma College may be located in mid-Michigan, but opportunities for students are truly global in scope. Case in point: Fulbright scholar Chelsea Duff ’13.

Chelsea, a 2013 graduate, is teaching English in South Korea and living in Hwacheon — a poor, rural military village about six miles from the Demilitarization Zone.

As an English teaching assistant, her role includes introducing methods on how to add fun and life to teaching — a different approach from the rote memorization techniques often associated with the Korean educational system.

“The best part of my experience has been living with a Korean family with very young children ages 1, 4 and 7,” she says. “Through this, I have learned a lot about Korean culture and feel like a big sister who is truly making an impact.”

Chelsea entered Alma, in her words, as a “shy freshman afraid of failure,” but this soon changed as she began to get involved with the campus and community.

At Alma, she was involved in a number of student organizations and activities. She also worked with orphans in Ukraine through a Posey Global Scholarship and kindergarten students in Peru through a spring term service-learning course.

“Although my classroom experiences were engaging, albeit challenging, it was the experiential learning at Alma that changed my life the most,” she says. “At Alma, I learned not to be afraid to try new things, because it may just be in something new that you find your true passion in life.”