DANVERS — When Julianna (Anna) Andrews of Danvers first applied for a prestigious Fulbright fellowship in her senior year at Salem State University to do graduate work abroad, she did not make it to the finals, despite being one of the top students at the school.
Andrews, however, knows the meaning of not giving up. She recounts how she became critically ill at age 7, and continues to deal with daily bouts of vomiting and “blinding migraines” brought on by a rare disease called cyclic vomiting syndrome, or CVS.
She reapplied to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and has become only the second student from Salem State to win the fellowship. She plans to study and teach in Burgas, Bulgaria, departing Aug. 11.
Despite her sickness, Andrews, now 23, got the most out of her undergraduate education at Salem State. She took nine to 12 courses a semester, and took courses over the summer.
She triple majored in public history, sociology and applied medical ethics and had four minors, philosophy, women’s studies, religious studies and psychology when she graduated in 2012. She also spoke at her commencement. The 2008 graduate of Austin Prep in Reading was in the same honors program and class as Salem State alumna Kelsey Utne, the university’s first Fulbright scholar who traveled to India last year.
“Salem State was amazing,” Andrews said.
“Salem State has already been designated as one of the top producers of faculty Fulbright scholars within its category,” said Salem State University president Patricia Maguire Meservey in a prepared statement, “so to now have our students recognized for this highly selective and prestigious honor is an achievement, indeed. To field two student Fulbrights in as many years attests to the academic rigor of our programs and to the intellectual curiosity of our students. I couldn’t be prouder of Anna Andrews’ achievement.”