Allyson Hoffman, an alumna of the master’s program in Fine Arts at USF, is a recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Norway. There she will teach writing and American studies to secondary and post-secondary students at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Byåsen Upper Secondary School. Hoffman taught creative writing at USF, and served as the student director of Hope College’s Writing Center. In Norway, she will lead community creative writing workshops at local libraries.
Hoffman decided to apply for the Fulbright ETA after discovering the award suited her interests in creative writing and teaching abroad. “As a passionate teacher and writer, I’m dedicated to bettering myself and my classrooms,” says Hoffman. “Norway has an incredibly successful system of education, and I desire to learn how they’ve found that success.”
While navigating the complexities of the application process, she worked closely with Ms. Lauren Chambers, Associate Director of ONS and Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA). “Lauren Chambers and the Office of National Scholarships staff were instrumental in the success of my application,” she says. “Lauren reviewed draft after draft of my essays and provided thorough, thoughtful feedback both in person and digitally. She also coordinated several practice interviews on my behalf and helped me reflect on my areas for growth.”
For Hoffman, the dream of becoming a Fulbrighter was a goal six years in the making. “I am honored to receive a Fulbright award – it has been a goal of mine for six years, and I’m thrilled to be contributing to the relationship between the U.S. and Norway,” she says. “I look forward to many transformative experiences while in Trondheim.”
After completing her English teaching assistantship in Norway, Hoffman, a Marshall, Michigan native, will pursue a doctoral degree in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University. She also plans to continue writing and publishing fiction, non-fiction and poetry, which will be based on her teaching experiences in Norway.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.
USF students applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program work with the university’s
Office of National Scholarships (ONS) and the Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA), Ms.
Lauren Chambers, on their applications. Students spend six to nine months working
on their applications, which involves a rigorous and structured process, with timelines
and deadlines to meet.
Current USF students and alumni interested in discussing the Program are encouraged to schedule an appointment by emailing Ms. Chambers at email@example.com.