Fulbright Summer Institute in London offers Kansas State University student chance to expand global mindset
Friday, Sept. 15, 2016
MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's Miranda Moore started the 2016-2017 school year with a new perspective on children's literature and how it is viewed globally after studying in London as part of a Fulbright Summer Institute.
Moore, a sophomore in communication studies and political science with minors in business and leadership, Pittsburg, studied at King's College in London. As part of the three-week program, she attended lectures and writing workshops, along with weekly class-related excursions around London.
Moore said the complexity of children's literature makes it relevant to everyone.
"What stood out to me the most was just how little we as adults look into children's literature," Moore said. "It holds an interest for adults just as much as it does for children. Looking at some of the nursery rhymes I read as a kid and analyzing them, it was really interesting to see different layers of meaning that I never would have picked up on as a child."
The Fulbright Summer Institute fully funds participation at nine distinct program sites across the United Kingdom to create international educational exchange opportunities and increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of the United Kingdom. The institute is sponsored by the Fulbright Commission through a partnership between both governments.
Moore, an active member in the Staley School of Leadership Studies, represented Kansas State University and expanded her global mindset and awareness of diversity, both key elements of the school's mission.
"Being able to travel out of the country for the first time and share a classroom with people from all over the world and hear their perspective was a very valuable experience," Moore said.
Moore is president of the university's Need 2 Read organization, a children's literacy program working toward providing one book a month to a registered child in the Manhattan community through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. She is a K-State Libraries Student Ambassador, Pre-Law Ambassador, ambassador for the Fulbright Commission and serves as treasurer of the Staley School Ambassadors. Moore also was a member of Quest, the freshman honorary. A graduate of Pittsburg High School, she is the daughter of Graig and Kelli Moore, Pittsburg.
Students interested in competing for future Fulbright opportunities or other scholarships while a student at Kansas State University can contact Jim Hohenbary, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.