Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Eleanor Dunbar

Eleanor Dunbar reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and learning languages from her host family. “Be khord, be khord,” my Tajik host mother orders in a shrill tone. In Farsi, this is a command to eat, and my Tajik host family takes eating …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Margarita Valkovskaya

Margarita Valkovskaya reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and the connection between language and culture. During my time in Tajikistan, I understood that language does not live in isolation from culture. A sentence may mean something to an American in direct translation, but …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Lily Slocum

Lily Slocum reflects on her summer on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and her experience living in Moscow during the World Cup. Most summers, I work at a nature camp five minutes down the road from my house. I love being outdoors and working …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Victoria Breshears

Victoria Breshears reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and media in Tajikistan. As I sit here getting packed to head home, I cannot fathom the changes I have gone through while in Tajikistan. Although I have only been here for five months, I …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Tara Wheelwright

Tara Wheelwright reflects on her summer on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and her love of ballet. Before going to Russia this summer, my one goal, other than improving my language skills, was to see as many ballets as possible. I had decided to …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Gabriel Rody-Ramazani

Gabriel Rody-Ramazani reflects on his summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and his appreciation for Tajik citizens. I will always be awe-struck by the intense and fascinating differences that I discovered in the experiences and thoughts of many of the Tajik people I met this past …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Kristian Moravec

Kristian Moravec reflects on her summer on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and her experiences. I was always told that world travel for many Americans comes with the advantage of malleability to other types of people and cultures. That is, if many of us …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Justin Hiemstra

Justin Hiemstra reflects on his summer on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and what cultural differences he observed. Russia is truly a unique place. Whereas its neighboring countries almost all fall solidly into the group of what one might call ‘the European, Western nations,’ …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Thomas Feerick

Thomas Feerick reflects on his summer on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and what he learned. One of the first decisions I had to make as I planned my study abroad through American Councils’ RLASP was which city would be my host. As a …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: John Caves

John Caves reflects on his summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and Tajikistan’s history of multilingualism. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V once remarked that he spoke “Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” In like fashion, the Mughals …

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