This blog was meant to convey my experiences so that my wanderings, blunderings, and explorations might help others who elect to travel this same path.
To be sure, being a Fulbright Scholar was one of the high points of my academic career. I met some incredible people who I believe will be lifelong friends and had many incredible experiences of which I would not have had, were it not for the Fulbright.
I continue to be surprised why so many of my fellow academic colleagues elect not to apply. It is not because they are not qualified since many are superbly qualified. I hear many reasons why they cannot apply, but, the cynic in me thinks it is simply not wanting to put out the effort or to leave a very comfortable routine.
Granted, applying for the Fulbright is a giant pain to put together; requiring a tremendous amount of time, effort and coordination of spouse, university, home, pets, friends, and work, but it is so worth it. The only sacrifice that I consider that I made was having to leave my pets for four months.
When I first heard about the Fulbright experience, it was not even on my radar. But, once it was, I was on a mission. For me, nothing was going to stop me from overcoming any obstacle. Of course, having a supportive and proactive wife who shares your passion is absolutely necessary.
For those who have the burning desire to make it work; that any short-term pain will be more than made up by the long-term Fulbright experience, I know you’ll figure out how to overcome any obstacle. I passionately encourage you to apply as I’m positive the Fulbright will be a highpoint for you too and well worth the effort. Just do it!
I will leave this blog with enthusiastic encouragement to apply to be a Fulbright Scholar, to travel often and far, and to occasionally, purposefully, make yourself uncomfortable; for how else can you grow?
If anyone has any questions regarding the Fulbright; applying, logistics, anything; I would be happy to try to answer. Just send the question (or comment) to firstname.lastname@example.org