Brother Andrew Malin ‘15: Shaping Minds in Bulgaria

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Brother Andrew Malin ’15 has been spending the last two weeks preparing to shape young minds in Bulgaria as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. We sat down with Andrew for a very brief Q&A to see what exactly he’s been up to and how Beta has helped him get to where he is today:

What exactly have you been doing in Bulgaria as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant?

The town I'm living in has about 75,000 people. I'm the only American living in the town, so for many of the students at my school, it will be the first time they interact with someone from the U.S. I will be teaching 8-12 grade students and leading the school's English Speech and Debate team for the next ten months. I am also hoping to introduce an American football club outside of school for students interested in learning how to throw a good spiral. 

What has been your motivation that got you to where you are now?

I lived in Toronto, Canada from 5th-7th grade and that experience was instrumental in developing an early interest in foreign affairs. Shared experiences with fellow classmates from across the globe taught me to more critically understand the complexities of our world and its unique inhabitants. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Europe on two different occasions during middle school and high school and I spent my fall semester of my junior year of college in Prague. I've always been curious about what connects (or disconnects) people within a nation and trying to use history to explain the way people and societies act.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years?

It's hard to project where I'll be five years from now, let alone where I'll be this time next year. Ideally, I'll be continuing to live overseas or in Washington, D.C. and working in international security or in education.

Why did you join Beta Theta Pi and how has being a part of that helped you become who you are now?

When I was a freshman at Denison, I had a number of mentors, many of whom were seniors and Betas. I think I was impressed with how dedicated those guys were to academics, but I also appreciated how they liked to kick back and have fun too. Joining Beta was arguably one of the best decisions I made after choosing Denison because it offered me a chance to expand my social circle and simultaneously build my self-confidence with help from a supportive and cohesive brotherhood. My brothers have been the most faithful of all my friends I made while in college. Despite being thousands of miles away from most of my brothers in America, I can say with certainty that, when I return, our friendships will resume where they left off after graduation. That being said, for any brothers planning on visiting in Europe in the next 10 months, please reach out to me! (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)