Hamilton senior Anna Zahm, an anthropology/archaeology major, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Thailand.
Zahm studied abroad in Denmark in spring 2012. Last summer, through a Levitt Center Research Grant, she assisted in public English as a Second Language classes at a community education center which supports a large refugee and immigrant community in Utica. She is also a volunteer with Project SHINE, a program through which students tutor English to refugees and immigrants.
At Hamilton, Zahm is a member of the a capella group, Tumbling After; a member of Hamilton Alumni Leadership Training (HALT); a member and secretary of Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honor society; treasurer of the Hamilton College Classics Club; a disc jockey on Hamilton’s radio station, WHCL; and a member of Hamilton’s Outing Club. Zahm was also a contributor to Hamilton’s Alumni Review bicentennial issue, 200 Days in the Life of the College.
Upon her return to the U.S, Zahm plans to apply for either Teach For America or a community development project through Americorps. She aspires to later become a high school English or Latin teacher.
The Fulbright ETA Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
She is the daughter of Robert and Susan Zahm of Colden, N.Y., and a graduate of Orchard Park High School.