I was nominated to the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program by Fulbright Austria at a rather turbulent time of my life. I was about to finish my master’s degree and was trying to get my footing back in Austria, as I had recently returned from a study-abroad year in Florida. Due to my past study-abroad experience, I did not believe I had a chance of being nominated for the program, but my desire to gain teaching experience motivated me to still give it a shot and send in my application. I was in the midst of writing my master’s thesis when I received an email from Fulbright Austria giving me the opportunity to teach at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. I remember the excitement I felt when I saw the email from on my phone, and I agreed to participate in the program.
By Sylvia Rainer
I seemed to be forgetting that this was exactly the reason I had applied in the first place: I wanted to gain teaching experience in a foreign country.
Overall, the Fulbright Program made me step outside of my comfort zone, which has helped me grow as a person.