Sunday, March 1, 2009

How It All Began

Wow!  It's amazing how fast life can change.  A few weeks ago I was living life like normal, working toward my master's degree at the University of Maryland.  I figured I'd spend the rest of the semester in College Park happy as a lark.  I even was planning on spending my first summer in MD working in Washington DC doing something political.  That would've been great.  I would have been one hundred percent content.  But life has a way of twisting and turning into beautiful unpredictability.

Within the past few weeks I was notified that I received a Fulbright grant to Uruguay.  I could hardly believe it.  Really, I didn't think that it could be real.  I had applied to Argentina way back in the fall of 2007 through Shippensburg University even before I applied to graduate schools.  I made it to the final round and then got a letter saying that I was not accepted.  Bummer.  I managed to put that disappointment behind me; thinking it wasn't meant to be.  Then, I got word that funding may open up in Uruguay in February of this year, almost a year and half since I had originally pored over the (lengthy and detailed) application.  Not much later, the assistant director for US student programs of the International Institute of Education told me that I was offered the grant.  Seriously?  That was my first thought.  Seriously?

Of course I want a Fulbright grant.  It's a FULBRIGHT grant.  People don't turn those down.  People dream of these sorts of things.

The craziest part however, is that the grant starts in mid-March, not more than a few weeks away.  I have to leave mid-semester here.  My department is amazing though.  They found someone to teach my courses, solved my tuition remission, and are working with me to figure out what I want to do regarding the courses I am taking.  I am so thankful for their dedication to helping me realize this dream.  Seriously?  How often does a Fulbright grant fall into one's lap.  That just doesn't happen.

But then again--maybe it does.


  1. Hey, congratulations! =D

    I am also trying to get a Fulbright grant, but a little different than yours - I am living in Brazil and I want to study in the USA.

    Please, keep telling us about your new life. I am very interested in knowing about how it is to be one of the "Fulbright chosen ones".

    Good luck in Uruguay! Best regards!

    Elomar França

  2. Congratulations!

    I am going to miss you being in Maryland, but this opportunity is an experience of a life time that you won't want to miss.

    You will get it all done, scholars accomplish much more than you can ever imagine!

    Wishing you the best.


  3. Thank you Elomar, Good luck with your application. I hope you get it!

    Thank you Shirley I appreciate it!