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…
"...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."
"The research I do on the song contest and the teaching I do back in the United States would not be possible without the lessons I learned through the Fulbright Program both as a student then and as a scholar today."
"Ich war bereits äußerst gespannt, ob mein erstes „Thanksgiving-Dinner“ in Amerika Ähnlichkeit mit den unzählig gesehenen Szenen im Fernsehen hat und ich auch tatsächlich die Klassiker der amerikanischen Küche und einen riesig gefüllten Truthahn zu erwarten hatte..."
"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..."
"a mother came up to me and told me that she caught her daughter teaching her American Girl dolls and some friends German... 26 8-year-olds in a small town in Ohio now know that there are no kangaroos in Austria..., and can introduce themselves in German!"
"When the former President entered the stage after a long wait we were all beyond excited and thrilled to experience this moment. It was a surreal moment when he came up to us and shook our hands..."
"Working on this puzzle, how landscapes influence rivers and fish, together in Seattle built bonds not only between scientists but also across our families..."
"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."
"On my second Fulbright, I was fortunate enough to go to Vienna, Austria, and work with wonderful people at the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology. Again, the scientific research opportunities were wonderful, and I developed several great collaborations, but I was also fortunate enough to make friends with many people who also were interested in science, good food, and wine/beer!"