From Charlottesville to Colombia: Mansi Tripathi '18 Receives Fulbright to Colombia

St. Anne’s-Belfield alumna Mansi Tripathi ’18, now a senior at Washington and Lee University, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Colombia. Mansi will be teaching English for a 10-month appointment, and will have the opportunity to work on a supplementary project while in the South American country. 

A double major in Politics and Sociology with a minor in Poverty and Human Capability Studies, Mansi credits St. Anne’s-Belfield for giving her a start in Spanish and preparing her to be a culturally aware global citizen.

“I probably would not have learned Spanish when I did if it weren’t for St. Anne’s. Dr. Paloma Visscher-Gingerich and Profe Antxon Iturbe in particular helped me prepare for the Fulbright by not only teaching me Spanish, but also about different cultures and social issues. Knowing Spanish has opened so many doors for me and has allowed me to pursue the Fulbright in Colombia.”

Mansi Tripathi '22 (center) with fellow St. Anne's-Belfield seniors on College T-shirt Day 2018

Mansi Tripathi '22 (center) with fellow St. Anne's-Belfield seniors on College T-shirt Day 2018

During her senior year at St. Anne’s-Belfield, Mansi also served as a teaching assistant for the Issues in Race and Gender intensive, an experience she found incredibly valuable for her own teaching and learning.

“Working with Mansi during the Race and Gender Intensive course, first as a student and then as a teaching assistant, I admired her dedication to blending education and activism,” says Jon Shoup, who co-taught the course with Laura Robertson and Anxton Iturbe. “No student embodies the exemplary citizenship and visionary leadership we hope to see in our graduates more than Mansi does.”

I’m very close to many of my professors and supervisors at W&L and I don’t think I would’ve known to seek out and prioritize these relationships if I hadn’t formed such strong ones with teachers at St. Anne’s.
— Mansi Tripathi '18

“St. Anne’s-Belfield prepared me by providing me with strong relationships and community,” says Mansi. “I’m very close to many of my professors and supervisors at W&L and I don’t think I would’ve known to seek out and prioritize these relationships if I hadn’t formed such strong ones with teachers at St. Anne’s.”

A Bonner Scholar at W&L, Mansi has committed more than 1,800 hours to community service and leadership training, volunteering with Project Horizon, a local resource for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, co-coordinating W&L’s pre-orientation program for new students, and serving in leadership roles with various student organizations. Mansi is also a member of the national honors societies Omicron Delta Kappa for leadership and Pi Sigma Alpha for political science, and recently accepted a nomination to Alpha Kappa Delta for sociology.

Mansi credits her mentors at both W&L and St. Anne’s-Belfield for her success. “They have pushed me to push and challenge myself and have believed in me when I had a hard time believing in myself. I would not be where I am today without the great opportunities, mentors, and friends St. Anne’s has given me. My high school experience taught me to lean into my passions, get involved and take initiative, and work with other people.”

Read more about Mansi’s Fulbright award in the W&L publication, The Columns.
 


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