I am truly grateful for the experiences I have been able to have. Joining the Fulbright Program can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it can…
Wherever I find myself later this year, next year, or more down the road, I will remember this story and the many my year as a USTA has provided.
"Working as a Teaching Assistant in Austria allowed me to share my knowledge and experiences as an American with my students, fellow teachers, and friends in Austria."
"I was deeply impressed by American ways of life, adherence to democratic principles, a culture of tolerance, mutual respect, self-critical evaluation of attitudes and behavior, readiness for reorientation and new starts after failure, optimistic outlook also under pressure, social responsibilities in society."
"Meine Zeit als Fulbrighter an der University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) war vorbei und es gab viele Dinge, die ich nicht mit nach Österreich nehmen konnte..."
"In terms of my personal development as a U.S. law professor, the Austrian experience has been invaluable. I believe that the breadth that it has added to my knowledge and the relationships that I have developed with European academics has made me a more effective contributor at my home university."
"[M]y early Fulbright experience helped me immensely to follow a professional life full of new experiences with interesting people, seeing different and new ways of promoting the profession. Frankly, also on a personal basis this changed my way of life and that of my family ..."
"Fulbright offers opportunities so rich and decisive in academic and personal terms that depriving today's bright young people of this experience would unnecessarily limit their horizon at a time when we most need it to open."
"My stay ... widened my experience immensely in research, teaching, understanding the American educational system, and in appreciating the American way of life."
"... I was very happy when I got the Fulbright grant and spent a successful time at UVM, getting in contact with some extraordinary colleagues, visiting friends, doing research and giving lecture talks..."
"Many of my scholarly activities (conferences I organize, joint research) would not have been possible without the chances the Fulbright program offered me. And I dare say I have paid back some of it by speaking at American Universities and telling American students about Austria and Austrian culture..."
"I won American and international friends. I shared exciting and often wonderful cross-cultural experiences. I became a friend of the American people ..."
"In all these fields my international experience, my sense for cooperation and mutual understanding have helped a lot. So all in all my Fulbright year had great influence on my personal thinking and my professional career."
"[I] remain committed to furthering the Fulbright ideals wherever I am: as a researcher, as an educator, as a human rights advocate, as a citizen of the world."
"At the American university I experienced a completely different atmosphere. I felt a real interest by professors in helping students reach their best..."
"Hardly does a day go by without applying 'adaptive leadership' concepts I was introduced to ... while studying at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government"