So it’s finally that time. Fulbright is approaching.
Dun dun dun…
I’m actually really excited! I’m applying for the Fulbright a year later than I meant to because I ended up jumping on the Super Senior/ Fifth-year bandwagon, but I think that I’m more prepared for the application that I would have been last year. I went to a Fulbright information session earlier this year just for kicks and giggles, assuming that I would already know a lot of what was covered from my compulsive researching. And, while there was a lot of stuff that I did already know, there was also some interesting background information that I had never paid attention too.
The stuff I already knew was the “important stuff”; deadlines, eligibility requirements, and application components. The things I learned were more relevant to the background and ideas behind the Fulbright program. I learned about Senator J. William Fulbright and how he introduced a bill to Congress in 1945 that set this whole program in motion. I had no idea that the program had any kind of history. I actually assumed that it was rather new. I also didn’t really understand the government’s motivation in funding this program. I thought it was a nifty idea and didn’t put much more thought into it but, in their own words, Fulbright aims to “promote international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.” Part of that was obvious, but I never knew that part of the intent was to foster goodwill and create relationships. It’s an amazing program.
I’m very excited to begin my application, and potentially become a participant in this amazing program!
Wish me luck!