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On 1/13/2022 at 12:59 PM, SpearmintFeldmore said:

Do you all think I would be a competivie applicant for Arabic in 2023?

After graduating from college and taking two years off to teach English to refugees, I'm about to start an MA in Applied Linguistics at a state school. I took 3 formal semesters of Arabic in college and 2 at a local Arab cultural center since then. I aspire to use my language skills to better communicate with my future Arabic-speaking students, as well as possibly start another refugee-serving nonprofit.

I don't have any impressive fellowships/academic society leadership positions on my resume. Plus, I aspire to be an ESOL teacher/program leader/curriculum developer, not work for the state department. Will these factors preclude me from recieving the CLS for Arabic? I know how competitive it is, and when applying for Fulbright, I got the sense that these state dept programs may favor those with national honors and political ambitions. I do have extensive, relevant volunteer experience (with refugees and at the Arab cultural center), if that helps.

Thanks!

You should apply whether you feel you’re “qualified” on paper or not. Talk about your passion for language, how you feel about your target language, and how you plan to incorporate your target language use into your lifestyle after your program. They’re not looking for resumes, they’re definitely looking for people.

Tell your story! Coming from a 2022 ambassador for CLS ❤️

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On 1/13/2022 at 1:59 PM, SpearmintFeldmore said:

Do you all think I would be a competivie applicant for Arabic in 2023?

After graduating from college and taking two years off to teach English to refugees, I'm about to start an MA in Applied Linguistics at a state school. I took 3 formal semesters of Arabic in college and 2 at a local Arab cultural center since then. I aspire to use my language skills to better communicate with my future Arabic-speaking students, as well as possibly start another refugee-serving nonprofit.

I don't have any impressive fellowships/academic society leadership positions on my resume. Plus, I aspire to be an ESOL teacher/program leader/curriculum developer, not work for the state department. Will these factors preclude me from recieving the CLS for Arabic? I know how competitive it is, and when applying for Fulbright, I got the sense that these state dept programs may favor those with national honors and political ambitions. I do have extensive, relevant volunteer experience (with refugees and at the Arab cultural center), if that helps.

Thanks!

I agree with nessaragu, definitely apply regardless of whether you think you're competitive! No reason to limit yourself when that's the job of selection committees anyway. I think you'd be a great candidate though! Your dedication to the language and the people over the course of several years shows CLS that you're going to follow through and continue using it. I also had a non-traditional language background (heritage speaker) and didn't have any national honors beforehand either. Definitely apply! Talk to your campus advisors and CLS Alumni Ambassadors (when they're announced for this year), because I think you have a great background for the scholarship!

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5 minutes ago, Sb7128 said:

Hey guys, do you think we will hear this week?! I’m spiraling a bit into self-doubt as I read more and more about people who’ve had to apply several times. Eek! 

Really hope it's this week; I am applying for the second time, so I hope I can get it! Good luck!

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1 minute ago, StevenM said:

Really hope it's this week; I am applying for the second time, so I hope I can get it! Good luck!

Good luck to you as well! Persistence is an admirable trait. I read in the past that the announcements tend to come around 4-5pm ET, do you have any experience with that?

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3 minutes ago, Sb7128 said:

Good luck to you as well! Persistence is an admirable trait. I read in the past that the announcements tend to come around 4-5pm ET, do you have any experience with that?

Yeah, I just looked at when I received my notification last year - Tue, Jan 19, 2021, 3:34 PM EST; therefore, it's not too far away from that. 

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13 minutes ago, ohdunk said:

The email refreshing has begun. Hopefully not in vain!

edit: alright it was in vain. the waiting game continues.

Same here. I've been checking my e-mail even more so the past week. I'm so nervous! 😅 (Even though I thought had set myself up to not expect much, the moment I saw the acceptance rate before beginning my application. I guess I can't help it. haha) 

 

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