Student Spotlight: Meet Charlotte Osborne | College of Health and Human Services

Meet Charlotte Osborne

Charlotte Osborne

Major: 
Health and Physical Education
Graduation Year: 
2016

My name is Charlotte Osborne and I’m currently working in Salzburg, Austria. I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees at UNH in Health and Physical Education in May 2016. In the fall of grad school year, I started questioning what I wanted to do post-graduation. I looked into an international teaching program known as Search Associates and decided to apply. At the end of January of this year, I had accepted a position at the American International School of Salzburg (AIS) to become a Resident Assistant and Physical Education teacher. It was something new, different and completely unlike anything I had done before.

Although it was not easy leaving home and saying goodbye to family and friends, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The American International School of Salzburg is a small boarding school for middle and high school students just on the outskirts the city, with roughly 100 students. This job is unlike other teacher positions; since it is a boarding school, not only do I work during the week, but I also run and organize a couple active weekend clubs as well as participate in weekend activities and excursions. Not knowing where life is going to take me or what I am going to be doing in a year, I take pride and satisfaction, knowing I’m happy where I am. I have found great rewards in my position, working with the students not only in academics but towards their life goals and ambitions too.

Being in Austria has opened my eyes. I absolutely love exploring the city of Salzburg. I have also had the privilege of traveling throughout the country, hiking in Hallstatt and Zell am See, Austria, and I have also gone to Munich, Germany. I just returned from a trip to Poland for the junior class service trip where we partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a family in need. I have been fortunate to participate in trips and activities that have truly been eye opening experiences.

I believe my college education at UNH not only shaped who I am as a teacher but also gave me guidance for my future. I can confidently say I wouldn’t be where, or who I am, without the education and encouragement I received. Signing onto a job to teach in Europe was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. I encourage all future graduates to find what makes you happy and pursue it!

“Take risks: If you win, you will be happy. If you lose you will be wise.”

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