My name’s Ellen Rhudy. I grew up in NJ, graduated from Rutgers in 2008 with a double major in English and History, then spent a year in Philly working as an administrative assistant.
From September 2009 through October 2011 I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Macedonia. I lived with a Macedonian Muslim host family in the western region of Macedonia, and taught English in an Albanian primary school.
From October 2011 through July 2011 I lived in Tirana, Albania, as a Fulbright grantee, studying Albanian national identity among Albanians living in Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia.
I’ve been back in Philly since August and now have a great job at an ed nonprofit.
People sometimes email me to ask the “Peace Corps vs Fulbright” question and you’re totally welcome to do that (or ask me other questions), but only if your parents trained you well in the thank-you-note-writing department. It’s a skill that will get you far in life!