I am a Fulbright alumna, an English language teacher and a researcher from Russia.
At these crazy times while everyone is being affected in one way or another, mental health problems are becoming increasingly common (and might seem even more dangerous than the virus itself). Fulbrighters are left feeling vulnerable, too as we are experiencing a shared sense of insecurity about our careers and aspirations (especially international ones). So I am sure that connecting and talking about what our post-Fulbright experiences were prior to the COVID pandemic and have been ever since would be therapeutic and a way for us to see the other side of it.
This is what I am going to do as part of my linguistic and journalistic project called “Post-Fulbright Identities by Means of Storytelling” that I presented at the annual Fulbright conference this year. I am still in need of some more participants. I hope some of you will be able to talk to me about their identity transformations (of course, linguistic ones as well). I will be happy to share more details with those willing to contribute to this project – please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much!
Stay mentally and physically strong, dear Fulbrighters!
Olga Litvinova – Fulbright to USA 2017