2004-2005 Spotlight Archives
Pitzer College’s Shoni Blitstein Receives Fulbright Fellowship
Shoni Blitstein ’05 has been named a Fulbright Fellow to South Korea where he will teach English as a Foreign Language. Shoni majored in world literature and creative writing.
He has been a world traveler since he was a child, living with Inca shamans in Peru, working for his food on a Kibbutz, and camping across Norway, Shoni says. “The holistic world perspective I have gained from my travels and personal interactions has given me the ability to step outside of American culture and view it through an objective lens.”
Shoni says he plans to remain in education for the rest of his life. He taught English to the children of South American and Haitian immigrants when in high school, serving as a bridge to American culture; he taught English to Israeli and Arab children after high school; and he was an English tutor during his time at Pitzer.
“Teaching children of any culture is a truly wonderful experience,” Shoni says. “It is almost impossible not to get something positive from continuous, focused interactions with young people. Spending a culturally and educationally intensive year in Korea will provide me with an incredible launching point for my future career in international teaching.”
Shoni aims to learn more about Western influences on Korean culture, in particular traditional foods and arts. He also plans to study classical Korean music, ceramics, painting, calligraphy, the Korean Tea ceremony, martial arts and the architecture of Buddhist temples.
Shoni attended Ransom Everglades High School in Coconut Grove, Fla.
Join the Pitzer community in congratulating Shoni for this new opportunity to continue a life of teaching, learning and traveling.