MERIDEN— When city native Jacob Wronski originally applied for the Fulbright Scholarship, he had no idea he would be awarded the prestigious honor.
Wronski was awarded the scholarship, which will allow him to teach English to Russian students at Cherepovets State University in Russia, located outside of Moscow, from September 2018 until June 2019.
”I was really surprised. I was looking into other options because I didn’t think I would get it,” he said. “It’s thrilling.”
Wronski recently graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with a dual major in Russian and Political Science.
Alex Hindman, a political science professor at Holy Cross, said Wronski spoke with him about the scholarship.
“He was keeping his fingers crossed,” Hindman said. “It was one thing he always strived for...I couldn’t be more proud.”
Hindman said that Wronski was one of his more thoughtful students.
“When he spoke it was subtle,” Hindman said. “He took time to think about things then came to a conclusion.”
Wronski said he enjoyed his time at Holy Cross and that going from being a student to teaching college will be an adjustment.
“I’m excited for the challenge,” Wronski said.
Wronski said he took a Russian course as a university language requirement and fell in love with the culture and the people.
”The people are friendly,” Wronski said. “They are a welcoming people and they take care of you. They’re incredibly kind”
Wronski spent the 2016 fall semester studying abroad in Russia and gained further appreciation of the country.
”I’m pretty good at Russian but I have a lot of growing and learning to do,” he said.
Wronski said he has not decided what he will do after his year in Russia. However, Wronski said he has time to consider different career options.
”I’m probably looking into going to law school,” he said. “I’m trying to keep my options open.”