Mercer University senior Will Darragh recently received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Award to serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in South Africa. Additionally, seniors Sarah Harris and Jessica Lewis were selected as alternates for ETAs in Cote d’Ivoire and Spain, respectively.
“South Africa is a rapidly changing country and a center of all the things important to me — education, development and technology,” said Darragh. “I look forward to the experience of being an ETA and the valuable preparation it will give me to be a lifelong educator.”
Darragh will be placed at a South African college or university to strengthen English language instruction and create a community engagement project. He intends to start a digital literacy group to teach basic technology skills and programming fundamentals.
Upon returning from South Africa, he plans to obtain a Ph.D. in computer science and become a professor with research interests related to public digital literacy, computer science education and computing for development.