Pitzer Spotlights

Kate Sherwood ’06, Fulbright to Thailand

Katherine Sherwood
Kate Sherwood '06 will be going to Thailand.

“I am so stoked to get the Fulbright,”Katherine Sherwood ‘06 said. “Stoked is such an overused word, but it is truly how I feel!”

Sherwood, who will be completing her teaching assistantship in Thailand, wasn’t sure about making the commitment to apply for the Fulbright. Already an active member of the 5-college improv group Without A Box, a leader of the Pitzer Outdoor Adventure Club, an avid worker in Pitzer’s Arboretum and a PACE discussion leader she already had a full plate. However, Sherwood was won over by the enthusiasm of two of her professors, Carol Brandt and Nigel Boyle.

“I welcomed the opportunity to reflect further on my experiences studying abroad in the fall of 2004 in Spain in my classes with them,” Sherwood explained.

An art history major and nearly fluent in Spanish, Sherwood first thought she would visit a Spanish speaking country for her Fulbright. However, as she did more research on her options, Thailand caught her attention.

“I decided that I should go somewhere very different that I might not normally get to visit. The culture, food, language—everything is so different there,” Sherwood said. “I really feel that in order to fully appreciate and understand the country, I would need to live there for an extended time.”

Reflecting on her time at Pitzer, Sherwood noted that she has most enjoyed developing close relationships with the faculty and staff.

“Pitzer’s environment totally fostered my ability to know the faculty and staff,” Sherwood said. “All of my friends who go to UCs are shocked that I can walk through campus and say hello to professors. It’s great.”

-Catherine Okereke ’00