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Chelsea Duff: Finding Your Life’s Passion

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.”


Story published on December 03, 2013