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


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first_img Crystal Palace and Newcastle have been linked with a January move for Gomis but Monk insists the 29-year-old is not for sale and will get his chance over the busy Christmas period and in the new year when Ivory Coast striker Bony is away at the Africa Cup of Nations. “I have heard the speculation about Bafe but I want him here,” Monk said. “He has been fine, trained well, got on with his job and it is not in my plans to move him on. “He’s been fantastic with me, I speak a lot to him about it and he waits for his time. “He tries to contribute and in January he’ll have a chance with Bony going to the Africa Cup of Nations and maybe in this period coming up with the number of games we have when we have to think about freshness. “He will have his chance and that’s what he’s been waiting for. ” Gomis showed the finishing ability which brought him 62 goals in 172 Lyon appearances in his first Swansea start, scoring the winner in the Capital One Cup tie against Rotherham in August. But he hasn’t started a Premier League game since the goalless draw away to Sunderland at the end of September and Bony has scored seven goals in 10 games in that time. Gomis has started just two Barclays Premier League games since leaving Lyon on a free transfer last summer with a big reputation, scoring only once in the top-flight – the winner in a memorable 2-1 victory over Arsenal last month. The 12-times capped France forward signed a four-year deal at Swansea in June but he has had to play second fiddle to Wilfried Bony, the Premier League’s top scorer in 2014. Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis will not be leaving in the January transfer window despite his lack of first-team action, says his manager Garry Monk. Press Association “It’s been difficult for him because he’s not a young kid,” Monk said. “He’s established and played and scored a lot every season with a good pedigree. “And player like that doesn’t want to spend time on the bench, They want to play and I understand that. “I’d loved to have played him more than I have but Bony’s been in such good form and players understand that. “That quality of player will always be linked and other teams will see they haven’t played as much as I or Bafe would have liked, “They will look at him as a possible target but that shows what a good player he is.” last_img read more