The program did not only have a positive impact on my own professional development; it also enabled me to inspire people in the US, whom I would have…
I still think of my time in Austria as the most important time in my life. The friends I met while in Austria are some of my strongest relationships. And thank goodness for my skills in public speaking that I cultivated in Austria!
The lessons I learned from Fulbright Austria benefit not only me, but also the education of US students through my teaching.
"I have made invaluable connections through the Fulbright Program that have affected my life positively, sometimes in unexpected ways."
“Fulbright was a truly unique and life-changing experience and it continues to have an impact on my professional and personal opportunities.”
"...the people I met helped open my mind to examine challenges differently and to appreciate different perspectives, not only just to talk, but also how to meaningfully listen."
"My year abroad as Fulbright German language assistant can be best described as a crazy rollercoaster-like adventure that led me on physical and mental paths that I had not even in my wildest dreams thought I would ever walk..."
"I have, however, chosen one particular experience to write about regarding leaving my comfort zone. There is a tradition at Bates College called the Puddle Jump. Every year in January, Bates students jump into a frozen lake. This year the temperature was at -6 °C..."
"The year... was the most memorable and rewarding, one both for my forty-two-year career as a professor, and for my marriage!"
"As I have – incidentally – just finished reading my “American Diary”, written beautifully in shorthand, I have so to speak re-experienced my stay in the States, but now I need a magnifying glass for reading."
"...I delighted in the opportunity to be a cultural ambassador in Vienna as I shared information about the United States with my Austrian high-school students."
"I have no doubt that participating in the Austrian-American Fulbright Commission's US Teaching Assistantship Program gave me an enormous leg-up in the job search when I returned to the US, having gained international work experience through a highly reputable and respected program."
"The Fulbright year in the US truly changed my life. I met amazing people from all over the world, who I still call friends."
"It is easy to overlook the necessity of a program like the Fulbright whose effects are not always easily quantifiable in numbers, output or economically. But after my experiences as a grantee there is absolutely no question of the grave importance of the Fulbright program."
"I am now, in private, an ambassador between America and Europe, and I keep sending friends to the US to see for themselves. Fulbright made that possible. Thank you very much!"