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2015 Was a Great Year for the Fulbright Program

View This Year’s Highlights in the 2015 Year in Review

Happy Holidays from the Fulbright Program!

Take a look back at the Fulbright events, stories, videos, and images that made 2015 a memorable year by clicking on the e-card and reviewing our timeline. We look forward to all of the exciting Fulbright stories to come in 2016!

2015 Fulbright Holiday Card from Fulbright Program on Vimeo.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fulbright Program! Listen to How International Education Has Changed the Lives of These Participants.

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Once we have gathered your content, we will pull it into a Storify like the one we did last year (see below)!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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My time in MinneSNOWta

By Martin Spendlhofer, 2013-2014, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Austria

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Martin Spendlhofer, 2013-2014, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Austria visiting Hawaii

To give you insight into the Fulbright year I spent at St. John’s University in Minnesota (Oh ya, you betcha!), I would like to describe four things that I really enjoyed.

Every semester, there is something called the “24-hour Play Festival” at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University (CSB/SJU). A group of incredibly talented students get together to write, direct, rehearse and perform a total of eight plays in 24 hours. Last January, I wrote an eight-minute play and acted in it as well. Even though I had about an hour of sleep (and there was more blood in my caffeine than caffeine in my blood), I enjoyed every second of the experience and it was a total blast. Having taught in Austria before coming to the United States, I was able to gather some valuable experiences as well.

One of my German club related highlights last semester was Oktoberfest. We served authentic pretzels, danced the polka, and had a gummy bear guessing game. We put a lot of work and effort into it, and I think it paid off! For advertising, we had a great flash mob with traditional Austrian music at the Gorecki dining center, and we also handed out hot cider at the bus stop. All in all, I enjoyed working together with an ambitious team of German club officers.

Linguistics in Louisiana: Creole, Diasporan Yoruba, and Work Ethics

By Olanike Lawore, 2013-2014, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nigeria

Olanike Lawore, 2013-2014, Fulbright FLTA from Nigeria

Olanike Lawore, 2013-2014, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Nigeria (second from left), working closely with her students at Tulane University

My name is Olanike Lawore. I am from Nigeria and was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at Tulane University, New Orleans between 2013 and 2014. My Fulbright experience was a life-changing one, as it expanded my academic orientation in many ways and provided me with an opportunity to explore and understand the American graduate school world while thoroughly honing my teaching skills.

My Fulbright experience started with an orientation held at Syracuse University, where my Fulbright colleagues from other parts of the world and I were provided with information on what to expect in a typical U.S. university, how to adapt to our host communities and how to carry out our FLTA responsibilities successfully at our respective host campuses. The orientation was quite useful and helped us to prepare for the tasks ahead.

Arriving at my host institution, I commenced my teaching duties while also taking graduate level courses in linguistics and literature, an experience that was challenging but invaluable. Consequently, my multi-tasking skills grew by leaps and bounds.