November 19, 2010
Rebecca Roesing is glad she came to West Virginia University. A student in the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, Roesing is from Stadtlohn, in northwest Germany near the border with the Netherlands.
She attended Fachhochschule Muenster (Muenster University of Applied Sciences), where she received a business administration degree last February. She learned about the Fulbright opportunity through Jennifer Burkart, an English teacher there and former Morgantown resident.
She could have applied to many schools under the Fulbright program, but the deadline was approaching. "I decided to trust Jennifer's recommendation of Morgantown," Roesing said. "I love it here."
Roesing learned English in the fifth grade and worked in a bank in Germany after high school. She said she is interested in American culture and the American business system. "I wanted to test myself in another culture and also to get another view of the profession."
She graduates next August and said she especially enjoyed her managerial economics and accounting courses during her MBA experience so far. Also, she has been impressed by how friendly people in Morgantown are. "People are really, really friendly," she commented. "If you ask someone for directions, they go with you, they show you—they don't just tell you the directions. I don't know if it's like this everywhere in the United States."
She spent the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh and watched fireworks. "They were all red, white and blue. Of course, in my country, it wouldn't work to have the fireworks in colors of the flag," she joked. The German flag is black, red and gold.
Next semester Roesing will be working with Dr. Ronlad Balvers, professor of economics, on a research project. She hopes to enter a Ph.D. program after she graduates.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for graduate study. More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.