Erika Kraus

Erika Kraus

Biography:

Erika Kraus is a FLAS recipient majoring in Community, Environment and Development in the College of Agricultural Sciences with a minors in Arabic and French. A passion for people and different cultures drove her to pursue these studies and gain experiences through traveling and studying abroad. At Penn State she has been a teaching assistant, resident assistant, an Ag Advocate for the College of Ag Sciences, and a member of the Block and Bridle club. With specific interests in community development and alleviating poverty and hunger, Erika pursued non-profit internships with World Vision and Le Féminin Pluriel, a feminist non-profit in Rabat, Morocco. In Summer 2016, she interned with the AmeriCorps Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Erika has studied abroad for three short term trips in Morocco and France, and one full semester in Rabat, Morocco during the Spring 2016. Erika began studying Arabic during the summer after her freshman year through an intensive immersion class at Penn State called STARtalk. This FLAS fellowship has allowed her to continue her Arabic studies abroad in ways with limitless benefits.

Impact Statement: “My FLAS fellowship has allowed me to study my language of interest in an Arabic country, which is not only an invaluable, but a life changing experience.  I have been able to immerse myself into Moroccan culture in a way that could have never been learned or grasped through lectures and textbooks. The lessons I have learned from this enlightening experience will be applicable in any future career path that I choose. Not only have my written and spoken language skills improved because of this fellowship, but I have been challenged and grown immensely as an individual living in a culture completely different from my own. ”

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