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Renate Meissl - Deutsch

"My Fulbright year in St. Paul's, Minnesota at the College of St. Catherine, for sure taught me how to cope with extreme cold weather..."

My Fulbright year in St. Paul's, Minnesota at the College of St. Catherine, for sure taught me how to cope with extreme cold weather. As I was walking towards the beautiful Mississippi Blvd., fended by double legwear and a facial woolen scarf, people would gaze from their houses' porches, and ask whether I was looking for something or someone. It was there for me to learn that my European style "Spazierengehen" could be quite puzzling for neighborhoods.

There were a number of remarkable teachers at the college, whom I am very grateful to have met: amongst others, Mr. Graebner, Mr. Heininger, and the very competent Sister ... who taught a Modern American Literature course and asked me to report on Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse 5." This pocket book is still part of my library and I reread it recently.


My Fulbright year helped me a lot in my professional career. It has been a decisive and positive asset of qualification, as I was able to speak English fluently and was also able to negotiate deals in that language, as I had been working in companies' financial departments. This was owed foremostly to my being a former "Fulbrighter." Thank you and Congratulations!

 

Dr. Renate Meissl - Deutsch was an Austrian Fulbright Student of History at the College of St Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in 1971-72. Photo of Our Lady of Victory Chapel courtesy of St. Catherine University. 

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