School of Communication journalism student, Emory Saia, travels to Berlin on Fulbright Scholarship

School of Communication student Emory Saia travels to Berlin for Fulbright Scholarship.

ECU School of Communication senior, Emory Saia, is one of 14 young professional journalists and students to receive a Fulbright Scholarship for the Berlin Capital Program in Germany.

The Berlin Capital Program is a weeklong seminar from November 12-November 19 in Berlin, Germany. The Germany and U.S. Fulbright Commission ran program provides an opportunity for journalists and students to better understand the media’s role in the political, economic, and cultural landscape of Germany and Europe. The program consists of day-long activities including visits to political, cultural, and media institutions and will include seminars and discussions with media experts.

Saia, a journalism student from Pennsylvania, learned about the exciting opportunity from SOC journalism professor, Dr. Cindy Elmore. Saia says that Dr. Elmore thought she would be a great candidate for the program and mentioned that ECU alum Corrine Grettler also participated in the program. With encouragement from Dr. Elmore, Saia spent most of the summer compiling her 19-page application for the program. Saia says that throughout the process Dr. Elmore was “patient, kind, and so willing to help and motivate me to continue.”

Saia says that she is anxious “to take this leap, literally on a plane across the world by myself,” but fully embraces the benefits of this opportunity as a journalist. The youngest of five children with parents who are professors, Saia credits her family for the desire to seek new learning experiences. Saia’s family has been unbelievably supportive and proud of her applying to the program and starting this learning opportunity. Her older brother, Taylor, was also a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to Indonesia to teach English and music for six months. Taylor, and her ECU alumna sister, Maggie, guided and cheered her on throughout the process. “They reminded me that it’s not about the end result, but the journey,” said Saia.

Saia encourages students that are anxious about taking a chance like hers to challenge themselves. “Push yourself out of your comfort zone and accept new experiences and adventures as they are around you. You just have to be willing!” Saia advises.

Saia is currently the School of Communication intern. She maintains the social media accounts, creates promotional material for the school, assists as a director in Dr. Mary Tucker-McLaughlin’s Producing the News class, and aides in event planning.

In addition to her participation in the program, Saia will take over the School of Communication Instagram account to document her experience. Follow her journey at https://www.instagram.com/ecu_soc/