He’s the kind of student who attends a teaching-intensive university or college. Mike Verlezza came to Bridgewater State after his eight-year stint in the Army. He studied Economics and was a standout in his classes, leading one of his professors, Mick Jones, to encourage him to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. He attended a recruiting session led by a Fulbright representative and thought he’d give it a shot.
As this Boston Globe article explains, Mike initially thought about studying US-Canadian exchange rates, but Jones told him his topic was boring. If you’re going to propose spending a year on a topic, he was advised, make it something you care about. So Mike and Mick worked together to craft a proposal that focused on comparing veterans’ mental health supports in Canada and the US.
When Mike wrote to me to tell me that he’d won the Fulbright, he said, “I didn’t think people like me got opportunities like this.” That’s what teaching at a teaching-intensive institution is all about. You get to know your students, and you can make a huge difference in their lives.