Carnegie Mellon University

Fulbright Award-winning alum Apeksha Atal.

September 05, 2018

Alumna Apeksha Atal Awarded Fulbright to Teach English in Thailand

By Angela Januzzi

Emily Payne

Recent biological sciences and English graduate Apeksha Atal has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). Come September, she will begin her year of service teaching English in the Thailand province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.

After graduation Atal returned home to India, where she’s lived since she was 10 years old. She settled in to her first post-graduate job, working as a marketing and communications associate for the financial tech startup NiYO in Bangalore, India. The company is helping to digitize payroll and employee benefits for India’s salaried employees.   

During her senior year, Atal had applied to the Fulbright ETA program and was selected as an alternate. Exactly one month and one day after starting at NiYO, Atal received an email she never thought would come. 

“Being selected as a Fulbright Scholar is absolutely surreal,” said Atal. “To think that everything I worked towards is actually happening is beyond amazing. I’m mostly proud to make the people in my life proud. So many people believed in me when I doubted myself, and I’m so glad to have proved them right.”