Nicole Bush ’13 receives Gilman Scholarship to study abroad

Nicole Bush
When RIC student Nicole Bush decided she wanted to spend some time away from Rhode Island, she wasn’t thinking about a trip to the Poconos. Bush, a junior majoring in anthropology, will study in China during the spring semester after being awarded a $3,500 Gilman Scholarship.

A “passionate foreign-language learner,” Bush wanted to challenge herself by studying abroad in a place where it would be difficult to rely on her native English, one that would allow for full immersion in a different language.

She will leave for China on Feb. 19, and be based in Beijing, though she’s not sure where her travels will take her during the four months she’ll spend in the world’s most populous country.

“I chose China as my study abroad destination mainly because it is an up-and-coming nation that has a high demand for ESL teachers,” Bush said.

After she graduates from RIC in 2013, she would like to return to China to teach English.

“Spending a few years there would be fun and then I'd like to move around East Asia a bit to try out a few different countries that are in need of English teachers,” she said. “I can travel the world this way and work while experiencing different ways of life.”

She plans to eventually teach ESL in a public school or college. But first, the Great Wall of China and many other exciting sights await her.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Since its inception in 2001, there have been nearly 9,800 Gilman alumni from 950 U.S. institutions who have studied in 125 countries.