Virginia Ward, BS
Hometown: East Haven, CT
Degree earned at WPI: BS, International Studies and Society Technology and Policy (double major)
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I chose WPI because it offered the opportunity to have a firm foundation in both science and technology as well as the humanities. Being able to work on real-world projects overseas as well as having the ability to explore my interests were very important when I was deciding where to go to college.
Present job title:
Through August 2012, I am working for the Ulsan Metropolitan Office of Education in Ulsan, South Korea, as a guest English teacher.
How do you feel your experiences at WPI prepared you for working in your field?
Living and working in an international environment is directly related to my degree and my time at WPI, but being a teacher is not. My time at WPI gave me practical experience in cross-cultural communication and understanding, which I rely upon everyday as the only non-Korean in my current workplace.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepared you for facing real-world challenges?
WPI prepared me to call upon a wide range of knowledge to solve problems and to look for the theoretical framework for whatever I am working on as well as the practical applications.
Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Model UN
Academic or professional awards you have received:
- Fulbright Fellowship: English Teaching Assistant, Yilan, Taiwan, 2008-2009 school year
Additional comments you would like to include:
The photo is from my recent trip to Osaka, Japan, and was taken in the Dotombori neighborhood.