In the fall of 2011 I received the acceptance letter to become a visiting Fulbright scholar to the University of Kansas.
I was thrilled, before this day I had never applied or even considered applying to any grant, let alone such a major international program as Fulbright. First of all, I never considered myself to be an exceptional scholar, so I didn’t have the guts to face (as I thought) my failure; second, I was sceptical about the transparency of any money-related ventures. But something happened in 2010 that pushed me to apply, I can’t put my finger on it… Maybe I was bored,maybe I was mad at something at home and decided to go away for a year, maybe it was some higher forces… But truth be told, no matter what made me take a pen and fill out a form, I am sure glad I did.
Fulbright made me focus on what’s really important for me in my career, pushed me to new heights of professionalism and just made me a more serious reseacher and (I hope) a better teacher for my students.
Here I will write a couple of posts, allowing myself to reflect on this past year, my ups and downs. This post is to start this topic, all other posts will share the same title. I will wite about the application process, first months in the USA and my feelings as I returned home.
And for now watch a video about how it all started in the 20s.