first_imgThe end of the year is usually a time seniors scramble to make decisions on post-graduation opportunities, but Saint Mary’s senior and accounting major Meghan Flanagan finally knows what awaits her.Flanagan was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Germany and an acceptance into the U.S. Teaching Assistant Program of the Austrian Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs. After comparing the two opportunities, she confirmed her acceptance to the Austrian Program over the weekend.“I chose the one in Austria because the location is better [and] there’s less of a risk,” Flanagan said. “For the program in Germany, I wouldn’t have known where I was living until after I committed. People that I have talked to said to go with the Austria program because the one in Germany could either be in a university city or in the middle of nowhere, and I wouldn’t know that until I was already in.“The dates work out a lot better too because I have to take the CPA exam this summer,” Flanagan said. “My orientation for the Germany program would have begun September 12th. … It just seemed like everything was pointing to Austria as the better option.”Flanagan said many students are chosen as alternates for the program and do not find out if they can teach until late summer. She said she believes her eight years of learning German benefited her in gaining acceptance into not one, but two language related programs.“I was pretty proud of myself when I found out,” Flanagan said. “It’s really rewarding because I feel like the past four years I’ve been working really hard and now it’s finally starting to pay off. It was really nice to have the option between the two countries. I’m really thankful that I heard right away, and that I was accepted as a candidate for both rather than an alternate.”During her time at Saint Mary’s, Flanagan studied abroad in Innsbruck, Austria. She said this time she is excited to return as a teacher rather than a student.“It’s not so much about teaching English, but it’s more so a really good way to spend time abroad long term,” Flanagan said. “I’m not just traveling and I’m not just seeing a big city for a few days but I’m actually living there, and I’ll be immersed into the culture. It’s kind of like a post grad study abroad, but I’m not the one studying.“It’s more about pushing myself out of my comfort zone.”Tags: Austria, foreign language, fulbright program, germany, post-graduation, saint mary’slast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Feb 2020 12:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Comment Advertisementcenter_img Gabriel ha been impressive for Lille this season (Picture: NurPhoto via Getty Images)Arsenal will have to fork out around £30m for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes if they want to sign him in the summer.The Gunners were interested in signing the central defender during the January transfer window, making ‘firm offers’ for him as Mikel Arteta looked to strengthen his shaky defence.The moves were unsuccessful, but Arsenal maintain an interest in the 22-year-old Brazilian and may return with a bid in the summer.However, he will not come cheap as the Sun report that Lille are looking for around £30m for one of their hottest prospects.ADVERTISEMENTGabriel cost Lille just £1.5m three years ago when he arrived in France from Avai in Brazil, but his current club are confident they can receive a huge fee for him after Arsenal signed William Saliba for £27m from Saint Etienne last summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Ligue 1 side have also proved to be stern negotiators after they managed to secure £72m from Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe over the summer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGabriel is an imposing central defender, standing at 6’3″ and has become a regular in the Lille starting XI over the last year.He signed for the French side from his home country in 2016, but has also spent time on loan at Troyes and then Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.His performances this season have caught the eye, not only of Arsenal, but also of Everton who have shown an interest in signing him as well.The Gunners did bring in two new defensive signings in January as Pablo Mari arrived on loan from Flamengo and Cedric Soares signed arrived on a six-month deal from Southampton.Arteta is still struggling with injuries at the back, though, with Calum Chambers out of the season, while Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac and new signing Cedric all sidelined.MORE: Barcelona confirm transfer interest in Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Arsenal plot early transfer move for Feyenoord star Orkun Kokcu Lille will demand £30m for Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Magalhaeslast_img read more