The Fulbright Program offers scholarships for students and instructors to study abroad.
There are separate categories of Fulbright awards that cover different experiences. There is one for students to study abroad and awards for faculty to teach or research abroad. A representative for the Fulbright program will be visiting campus in March.
Tara Giblin, dean of the school of science and humanity, received a Fulbright award. She spent a year on her application, requesting the opportunity to see how scientists worked in a different culture. When she got her letter of acceptance, Giblin was “happier than I had been in years,” she said.
Giblin applied to work in Nepal, a country located in South Asia. The country is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Everest. The population in Nepal is approximately 26,494,504.
Giblin took her husband and two daughters, who were nine and eleven at the time, with her. They lived in an apartment for six months. While her husband homeschooled her kids, Giblin taught at a medical school. She worked with Nepali faculty to become better teachers. The adjustment was easy for the family because the people of Nepal were friendly and welcoming. It was a life-changing experience for Giblin and her family.
As for students who want to study abroad, Giblin encourages them to apply for a Fulbright. “Don’t be afraid of the adjustment or academic credentials. Don’t let doubt stop you,” Giblin said.
Recipients of a Fulbright are independent when abroad, but the program is safe, and the experience in the end is well worth it.
Written by Emily Marchant
Emily Marchant is an Integrated Media Major at Stephens College. She is from a small town in Oregon. She has an older brother with a pre law major. Her mother is a nurse and her father works for the state. Emily is of French descent which is evident with her last name, Marchant. Not only is Emily notable French but she also has deep Native American roots. This is significant because Emily used to have the classic long straight un-layered Indian style haircut. However, upon her arrival to Stephens, Emily craved to do something rebellious and crazy like most college bound students feel. So instead of turning to a substance Emily turned to a haircut. Emily chopped all of her hair off and currently rocks her new doo. Emily has repeatedly admitted to have an issue when it comes to patience. This comes into play because although Emily has loved her short spunky look she desperately misses her long luxurious locks.