Kristen O'Brien '14
An English/Writing major with minors in Music and
Global Studies, Kristen O'Brien was awarded a
prestigious Fulbright Fellowship in 2014.
Q: What kind of work do you do now?
I obtained the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
Fellowship, so I am currently teaching English to
elementary school students in Gumi, South Korea.
Other South Korean teachers at my school, called
co-teachers, assist me in the classroom (mainly with
translation). I will also be teaching club classes, or
after school classes to low level and advanced level
Q: Which aspects of your Marist experience have proven most useful to your professional life?
Marist definitely played a huge factor in me applying to Fulbright in the first place. Thanks to the great faculty and support I received there, I was able to apply and successfully obtain the Fulbright scholarship.
Q: What advice would you have for students just starting out in their college careers?
Get involved and see what’s available on campus. My biggest regret was that for most of freshman year, I didn’t get very involved on campus. Join a ton of clubs, talk to your professors, visit their offices (even if you don’t need help, just talk to them).
Honestly, the best experiences I’ve had at Marist was from joining clubs, taking leadership positions in them, and talking to the faculty and getting to know them. The best learning experiences I’ve had was from talking to my professors about my interests and my future.
I miss Marist every day! I actually miss it more than my home and wish I could go back. Without the support and encouragement of the amazing faculty, I don’t think I would be where I am now. In conclusion…appreciate the time you have and get involved! The time flies by so quickly.