YOUNGSTOWN — Emily Henline of Austintown, a senior at Youngstown State University, has been selected as a semifinalist in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and hopes to go to South Korea to earn a master’s degree.
YSU’s first semifinalist since 2016, Henline’s application is under review by the Fulbright Commission, and she will be notified this spring if she is a finalist.
A graduate of Fitch High School, Henline enrolled at YSU in 2015 and is double-majoring in English and Education (Integrated Language Arts, 7-12), with a minor in Linguistics and a TESOL Endorsement.
“I’ve always been interested in other cultures and languages,” Henline said in a news release. “At YSU, I developed relationships with visiting students from South Korea and became interested in studying their language and the country's history.”
She then spent the 2017-18 academic year studying abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, as a Gilman Scholar, focusing on Korean history, cultures and language.
“The Korean language courses were intensive, five times a week, two hours each day,” she said. “I thought this experience would fulfill my dreams, but it only ignited a passion to continue studying the language and the cultures and people.”
If selected as a Fulbright finalist, Henline will travel back to South Korea to earn a master's degree in Korean Studies with a focus on linguistic imperialism and Korean language identity.