Midway through the semester, I had a meeting to regroup and evaluate the progress I had made over the past two months as part of the Global Fellows program. As one of the first class of fellows, it was very helpful to be given a clear timeline of our goals and expectations over the next four years. My favorite part of the meeting was receiving my “passport” with those same goals listed as destinations to be stamped upon completion. This is a perfect way to keep track of my responsibilities as a fellow over the course of my time at Oklahoma and abroad.
Speaking with Jaci was enlightening as far as learning more about the time I’ll be spending abroad. She fully supports my decision to study in London, England or Arezzo, Italy for a year as well as in Germany for a summer journalism program. Since I am ahead in my classes, a year abroad won’t put me behind too much or at all. Most of all, the opportunity to study in London, one of the most vibrant, modern, and dynamic cities in the world, for a year is too amazing to pass up. There really are no downsides to this decision to study abroad; all I can see are ways in which it will broaden my perspective and truly enhance my learning experience.
The most exciting facts I learned were concerning the Fulbright program, which I had previously known next to nothing about. In addition to teaching English, there are programs to research and even to intern abroad. One of the most appealing factors is that, since the program can be very competitive, it is also fully funded. Obviously the founders and organizers believe in the power and importance of continued education, research, and work abroad and thus are willing to invest in students who show the dedication and passion to pursue that path. Hopefully in three years, as a Global Fellow, I will fit into that category of young people and will pursue my passions abroad as part of the Fulbright program.