Fulbright builds bridges to new lands you didn’t know existed.
Fulbright is not simply a scholarship. It is a community. A community of like-minded and brilliant peers, of a Fulbright team that will act in your best interest and support you at every step of the process. It is an elevator to opportunities that you were not envisioning and that you didn’t know you were capable of achieving.
I feel pure gratitude. I am thankful for engaging in academics at one of the world’s top universities, for living in the most exciting city there is, and—corny but true—for meeting wonderful peers in and outside the classroom that became friends for life.
What gives me awe and certainly lights up my heart is the opportunity I had to work with faculty members that pursue groundbreaking research in their fields.
A special thank-you goes out to Prof. Tsveta Petrova, who has shown me what it means to be an educator—doing so with brain, heart, and empathy.
To Prof. Adam Tooze, who is the definition of interdisciplinary research and who showed me that it is possible to know everything.
And to Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, who was so kind and invited his students into his home and served dinner for mind and body. One of my favorite anecdotes feels like a movie: sitting with this Nobel Prize winner on his couch, discussing inequality and economic growth, and him listening to your thoughts and approving of them.