For New Fulbrights, Optimism Mingles With Uncertainty Over Fall Travel – Davidson News

Carver says he’s on track to go to Taiwan but will have to quarantine for two weeks after he arrives. He’ll then have a training period before getting placed into an elementary or middle school.

The former men’s track and cross-country athlete is excited to teach. Through high school and college he enjoyed volunteering as a math tutor and chess coach for kids. He also hopes to teach his students about running and wants to work with or start an afterschool track program if one doesn’t exist.

After the Fulbright year, he plans to get a master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Tech. He envisions creating educational technology (EdTech) to help students and improve curriculum through a variety of learning methods. As an English and computer science double major at Davidson, “I’ve always been interested in using Com-Sci with a humanitarian purpose. I believe that before you try to do something on a computer, you should get real life experience.”

Carver has visited Taiwan before for short stretches. He wants to learn the language and culture and spend more time with his grandparents and his mom’s side of the family.

“This has always been something that I wanted to do,” he said.

Rojas, a psychology major with minors in French and Francophone Studies, plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical or developmental psychology. She hopes to practice as a clinician, conduct research and teach at a college level. Her work would be geared toward children and adolescents.

In high school and college she’s worked with children who have autism, learning disabilities and psychological struggles. One of her most prized possessions is a bundle of homemade thank you cards from students she worked with. “Thank you Miss Maria,” one fourth grader wrote. “You’ve inspired me to be teacher.”

She’ll spend this summer working at a New Jersey camp for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Teaching abroad is a great next step, she said.

“Every chance I get to spend with kids, I do. From babysitting professors’ children at Davidson to summer camp programs or connecting to those with autism, I love spending time with them,” she said. “They’re so amazing and I have so much fun with them, but it’s especially rewarding when I feel I’m helping to make a change.”