Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Kristen Vierrether

During my two months studying in Taiwan, every second of the day I was immersed in the local community. From the time I walked out of my dorm, saying good morning to the guard on duty, to the time I went to sleep after watching local television, I was surrounded in local culture, customs, and …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Emili Yiu

This past summer I had the honor of receiving the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship, which allowed me to further my Chinese studies at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. Throughout my time in the program, I found myself gravitating to the locals in Tainan and wanting to learn more about Taiwanese culture. After classes …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Genevieve Madigan

During the summer of 2019, I had the privilege of studying at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan through the American Councils Tradition and Modernity in Taiwan program. This month-long program focused on the history, culture, and politics of Taiwan. While my time spent there was limited, the experiences I had while abroad exceed my …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Giselle Jernigan

My experience in TISLP has changed me more than I ever expected, and months after returning home, I am still discovering ways I have been impacted. Despite the difficulties, as I look back on my time in Taiwan, the memories become fonder and fonder and I find myself wanting to return there. Above all, the …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Mikhala Gittens

This summer, while in Tainan, I spent a lot of my time at church. I attended the Mandarin language services and when I wanted to do homework, I would sit in the cafe owned by the church. This was a good experience for me because it was there that I met some of my now closest …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Darius Carter

In many ways, the Tradition and Modernity in Taiwan study abroad experience was transformative. The program provided insight into a culture of which I previously had no exposure apart from secondhand, anecdotal information received from my Chinese teacher and videos online. Captivated by the Mandarin language and culture presented in classes at my home institution, …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Adriana Choi

Ever since high school, it has been a dream of mine to study abroad. During this past summer, I was able to attend the Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program which was in Tainan at the National Cheng Kung University. Courtesy of the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship, I was able to attend this program successfully and …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Tiffany Barron

I am so grateful for receiving the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship to study abroad in Tainan, Taiwan this past summer. On a personal level, my time in TISLP allowed me to develop strong ties with friends in Tainan and helped me to appreciate previously unexplored aspects of Taiwanese culture. Academically and professionally, my classes helped …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Colton Ames

I applied to go to Taiwan on a whim. My research interests had primarily focused on mainland China and South Korea, and I had honestly never devoted too much time thinking about Taiwan. With the exception of the occasional headline that lamented another country that had severed ties with the island nation, Taiwan had never …

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Exploring My Identity in Taiwan

I only have fourteen days left in Taiwan and thinking about it I am filled with disbelief and sadness. In the past I have participated in various summer programs and I can honestly say that this is the fastest my summer has ever gone by. This summer has been filled with adventures, memory-making, and delicious …

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