Fulbright Experience FAQ

Q: What are some extracurricular activities that I can participate in while on Fulbright?

A: Interaction with the Local Community

  • “Aside from my primary teaching responsibilities, I’ve also been organizing an online English club, taking Romanian lessons, and playing in a children’s band at the local music school.” -Brett Fitzgerald (Ungheni, Moldova)
  • “Along with classes, I’ve gotten to participate in school events like their new year’s tradition.” -Margaret Totten (Thailand)

A man sitting in a chair.
Brett Fitzgerald, K’19

Q: What are opportunities that the Fulbright program may expose me to?

A: Fellowships

  • “Eventually, I would like to come back to Moldova and serve in the Peace Corps.” -Brett Fitzgerald (Ungheni, Moldova)

A: Travel

  • “I’ve gotten to see parts of Germany that I wasn’t able to during my study abroad.” -Matthew Flotemersch (Hamburg, Germany)

A: Graduate School

  • “My current goal is to begin a graduate program at an institution in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.” -Matthew Flotemersch (Hamburg, Germany)

A: Friendship and Social Connections

  • “I’ve gotten to be close friends with my cohort of ETAs in Thailand. We keep in touch and are a support system for each other.” -Margaret Totten (Thailand)

A: Developing your Own Research

  • “I feel very optimistic about this research project and love what I’m doing! I genuinely feel excited to go into lab every day and work on these data-it’s truly a privilege. These data are so interconnected with real people who bore witness to such a tragic event, that it feels like with every bit of progress made on my research project, I am making a big difference in helping survivors with PTSD.” -Molly Roberts (France)
A woman sitting in front of a fountain.
Molly Robers, K’21
A woman standing in front of a monument.
Margaret Totten, K’21

Q: What does Fulbrighter supervision look like?

A: Independence

  • “It’s completely up to you to do everything and update Fulbright…There’s nobody regularly checking on what you’re doing…I am my own boss.” -Brett Fitzgerald (Ungheni, Moldova)
A man jumping.
Brett Fitzgerald, K’19

Q: What are skills that proved to be valuable to have while on Fulbright?

A: Knowledge of the Language and Culture

  • “My study abroad in Erlangen of course helped me improve my German, but equally important is how it prepared me for the unique challenges of settling into a new culture; this is something that I’m especially thankful for now that I’m living and working in northern Germany for the first time.” -Matthew Flotemersch (Hamburg, Germany)

A: Teaching Experience

  • “I’ve had a lot of fun teaching English from beginning to advanced students and utilizing my experiences as a German TA at K to get them excited about language learning.” Katie Miller-Purrenhage (Germany)
A man standing in front of a lake.
Matthew Flotemersch, K’20
Two women wearing traditional German dressings.
Katie Miller-Purrenhage, K’21