Fulbright recipient to teach tango and English lessons in Argentina
When Maxcy Grasso’s parents immigrated to the United States from Cuba and Argentina, they decided to give up their native language and raise their children in English in an effort to assimilate into American life.
But over the years, Grasso, who will graduate from Northeastern this spring with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics, slowly began to reconnect with her Latin American roots through Spanish classes, tango lessons and soon , as an English teacher in Argentina. through the American Fulbright Student Program.
After graduating, Grasso will travel to his father’s homeland for the first time to teach and engage in educational community service projects from March 2023 to November 2023. “I have always dreamed of going to Argentina “, she says. “I have family there that I’ve never met, but once they heard the news they contacted me straight away and said they were delighted to meet me.”
Grasso was inspired to apply for the Fulbright scholarship, which covers all living expenses and travel expenses to and from Argentina, after spending a month in Spain during a Dialogue of Civilizations study abroad program where I took Spanish lessons and taught English as part of an after-school program as part of a community service project.
“Being able to see my teaching make a difference was really rewarding,” she says. “I remember teaching my students how to tell the time, and the next day they arrived, they were so proud to tell me what time it was.”
Part of her project in Argentina includes community service, and Grasso, a dancer since childhood and a member of Northeastern’s Spin the dance crewhopes to give free dance lessons.
After completing his Fulbright program, Grasso plans to enroll in the Peace Corps Economic Development Program and teach financial literacy courses in Latin America. And after the Peace Corps, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in education.
While cooperating with J-PAL (Poverty Action Lab) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Grasso worked on educational policy projects and says he learned the importance of not making blind decisions in this area.
“I really believe that education policy makers should first have experience in education,” she says. “I hope it will be a learning experience that will help me in my future career.”
Grasso believes she stood out among the other candidates because of her passion for Argentina and her previous experience as an English teacher in a Spanish-speaking country.
“Argentina is in my blood,” she said. “That, coupled with the experiences I had at Northeastern, led me to this position where I was able to receive this award, and I’m very grateful for that.”
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