Getting Oriented

At a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, approaching Colorado, I think it’s about time that I try to pen a few thoughts about my experience at the orientation for recipients of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching.  I spent 3 very full days in Washington DC with 47 other teachers from the US and 17 teachers from the countries of India, New ZNameTagealand, Botswana, Finland, Morocco, Chile and Taiwan.  At this point, I don’t really know how to describe the experience other than by saying that I was in amazing and inspiring company.  Meeting my fellow Fulbrighters was wonderful. Talking with them about their project ideas and plans was great.  Their enthusiasm brought energy to our days.  I have been so excited about this program since I found out that I was chosen back in March.  I didn’t think that it was possible for me to be more excited, but, it seems, I am… more nervous too.  One of the last sessions of the orientation was an opportunity to hear from a panel recent alumni of the program.  Their experiences abroad led to the creation of such awesome projects that I feel a bit overwhelmed.  They have written chapters of a book, published articles in several countries, curated a collection of video interviews, created curriculum, garnered half a million readers of a blog, presented at conferences, and learned new languages.  It’s really quite the group.  Looking forward to the start of my own Fulbright experience…