Dylan Severino, a classical languages major with German and classics minors at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has won a Fulbright award to teach English in Germany.
Severino, a graduate of Canyon Crest Academy, said he is looking forward to building relationships with his German students and building upon his language-teaching experiences.
Severino has had three terms of practica through Southeast Community College, including an English as a Second Language class and a Spanish class. He was also a German tutor and substitute teacher at SCC for three years.
He has strong language skills in German and enjoys learning other languages, such as Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Ancient Greek and Faroese, the language of the Faroe Islands.
Severino has also been a youth mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters for five years.
"I am incredibly lucky to have had such a huge amount of support from my loved ones and faculty here at the university to help me achieve this Fulbright Award," he said. "Specifically, I would like to thank my wonderful wife, Veena, the Fellowships Office, the classics department and the German department. I'm so excited to receive this fellowship and cannot wait to begin improving my language skills while acting as a U.S. ambassador to Germany.”
Outside of the English language classroom, Severino, who has a background working in construction, would like to engage with the wider community by volunteering with an organization such as Habitat for Humanity, where he could help build or repair houses and refugee shelters.
Upon his return to the United States, Severino plans to attend a graduate program in classics.