Monday, May 16, 2011

Mario Seidel Chosen as Fulbright Scholar and TA for CSB/SJU 2011-2012

“The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” 
(William A. Ward) 

  The United States has always captivated and fascinated me. Experiencing its rich culture for a long term would certainly enrich my own horizon. I would love to live in this country and I would love to understand its culture. I am quite familiar with American literature, history and the political system, but I want to know these things beyond what can be found in textbooks and bring these insights into my personal life and also into the classroom.
   Getting to know new cultures puts one's own culture into perspective and leads to a better understanding of differences between people, nations and mentalities. I strongly believe in the transformative effect of traveling and getting to know new cultures. Understanding becomes more and more important in a globalized world. I would like to gain this understanding. And I would like to pass it on to my students.   I want to find all the ingredients required to inspire students toward excellence.
   I have a strong and sincere interest in literature and theater. I read quite a bit and go to the local theater at least once a month. Besides that, I enjoy sports, especially tennis and squash. I try to be outside and in the nature as much as possible and find interest in ecological and biological questions. For the last few years I have also traveled a lot as I am eager to discover foreign cultures.
   I lived in Cork, Ireland from September 2007 until July 2008 studying at University College Cork. I backpacked through India for several weeks in May 2010 visiting Mumbai, New-Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur.

Mario Comes from the beautiful city of Konstanz on the
south -southwestern border of Germany
Dear Mario!
   We are delighted that you will be joining us this coming academic year and we congratulate you on your receiving the prestigious Fulbright TA fellowship for scholarship and teaching at CSB/SJU.