Baylor Journalism Student Selected as a Fulbright ScholarMay 6, 2013
Photo provided by Brent Salter
For the fourth time in six years, a Baylor journalism student has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Brent Salter, a double major in international studies and journalism, from Bulverde, Texas, answered some questions about his experience at Baylor and his next plans.
What was your first reaction when you found out the news?
I received the email from Fulbright while I was on a weekend trip to New Orleans. The sun was so bright that I could barely read the message on my phone. I saw the first line of the email saying I was a recipient and was too excited to read the rest of it. I immediately started calling and texting my family and friends. I didn't get to read the entire email until later that night.
What are your plans for the future?
I'm excited about the opportunity to live and teach in Moldova - a country that couldn't be more different than what is experienced in the "Baylor Bubble." After returning from Moldova, I plan on attending graduate school and continuing my research of developing countries. Thereafter, I'm interested in international diplomatic or corporate work, especially in a public relations capacity.
Why did you decide to attend Baylor University?
Baylor is the only university to which I applied; I just knew this is where I wanted to be. During my high school years, I noticed many of the people who I respected - the ones I looked up to - happened to be Baylor alumni. Not only were each of these people successful personally and professionally, but their lives were centered on integrity and faith. I wanted to be the same way; to have that green and gold thread woven through my life.
What stands out the most about your time at Baylor?
If I chose one thing that set my experience at Baylor apart from what I might have had at a different university, it would be the university's faculty. As I look back at the internships and projects I have done leading up to the Fulbright, I realize that they were all the result of professors who encouraged me to pursue opportunities or prepared me incredibly well with professional skills in class. Beyond that, they have sincerity in their voice when they ask me how I am and an earnest desire to help me - even outside of the classroom.
What advice do you have for other journalism students?
Baylor's Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media is excellent on a national scale. I encourage other students to keep this in mind. From meticulous fact checking to staying up through the night working on projects, know that each assignment is making you an unparalleled journalist. Apply for positions with confidence, and don't be trepidatious of big opportunities. At every turn, remember an entire university and caring journalism faculty will support and "guide us as we onward go."
Prior Fulbright Scholars
Other Baylor journalism students selected as Fulbright scholars included Meghan Merchant,class of 2007; Ashley Killough,class of 2009; and Jackie Hyland, class of 2009.
The Fulbright Program, which is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, selects participants based on their academic merit and leadership potential. Through the program, students are provided opportunities for one academic year to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
The Fulbright Program also includes an English Teaching Assistants (ETA) component that places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas, improving foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student's own language skills and knowledge of the host country.