Transforming a turbulent start into smooth sailing

20 September 2023

For some people who go abroad, the first days and weeks can be difficult—but that doesn't have to define the experience. 2022–23 FLTAs Eva Scheicher and Winfried Stangl talk about their initial turbulence in the US that ultimately transformed into unforgettable Fulbright experiences.

For me, [culture shock] was not so much that you cannot handle the differences, it was just the mental exhaustion of having to handle them all the time.
A misunderstanding is not the end of the world; on the contrary, it is an opportunity to communicate again.
It was then that I understood students were not trying to progress through the term whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle; instead, they were simply trying to make it to the end of the term.
As time went on, I got to know more student societies or just individuals whose sole purpose was not only to be productive in the academic sense.