Three senior German studies majors will put their language skills to immediate use after graduation as they embark on Fulbright fellowships teaching in Germany and Austria. 

Meredith Fast, Ramsey Meigs, and James Violette received full grants as English teaching assistants, according to Associate Professor of German Arne Koch. “It’s great news,” Koch said, in an e-mail reporting the Fulbrights.

Fast, from Wilton, Maine, will be teaching at a school in Mattersburg, Austria, about 40 kilometers from Vienna. She studied abroad in Regensburg, Germany, which she calls “one of the greatest experiences of my life,” and did a Jan Plan internship in northern Germany When she is not doing German studies, Fast is president of Rotaract, a community service group on campus, and a member of Broadway Musical Revue. 

Meigs, from Newton, Mass., had not received his school assignment but said he would be teaching English in a public middle or high school and was hoping to be placed in Berlin. A German studies and geoscience double major, Meigs studied abroad in Germany for seven months as a junior, taught English at a private boarding school in Schleswig-Holstein, and studied forestry and geology at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen. At Colby he maintained his connection to forestry as men’s captain of the woodsmen’s team.

Violette, from Waterville, Maine, will be teaching at a high school as just outside of Innsbruck, Austria. A German and history double major with an education minor, he did three consecutive Jan Plan teaching internships in Switzerland and Germany. At Colby he is an assistant teacher/tutor for beginning German students and, with Meigs, serves as the interim language assistant for German. Violette is also a member of hall staff and competes on the Ultimate Frisbee team.