A Year in the Fulbright Life: Fatema’s Story

August 2021

I was lucky enough to start the beginning of the fall semester in the most perfect way: taking quality time to explore New York City with my friend from home before beginning the final year of my degree! It was so magical and mesmerizing, just like the movies!

October 2021

Fall is my favorite season! It’s a wonderful time of the year where you get to see the leaves turn beautiful colors, visit pumpkin patches, and attend harvest festivals!

November 2021

This Thanksgiving break, I went to Chicago! It was an amazing opportunity to explore somewhere new in the Midwest. It was great to see all the festive holiday lights, the big Christmas tree, and the Thanksgiving parade.

December 2021

Traveling is my ultimate favorite thing to do during the holidays in the United States. I visited New York City and the beautiful Pacific Northwest once again with my fiancé. The holidays are my favorite time of year with all the colorful lights, decorations, and abundant holiday spirit!

January 2022

Enjoying the snow is my favorite thing to do in the winter! I took a trip to McCall, Idaho, to see how the snow envelops the city; it made me feel like I was in a fairytale or a movie scene!

February 2022

This month we were finally ready to say goodbye to winter! I enjoy the outdoors very much in Boise and use nature as my medium to recharge and feel good — especially during these busy times in the middle of the semester!

March 2022

Spring break gave me some time to relax and travel, so I decided to visit my friend in San Antonio, Texas. I love that I was able to make many valuable friendships along the way ! I had an amazing time exploring Texas. My favorite place we visited was The River Walk in San Antonio and The Oasis on Lake Travis in Austin.

April 2022

It’s hard to believe how quickly time flies and how I’m approaching the end of my program. It’s a bittersweet feeling, and I’ve tried my best to make the most of my last days! As COVID-19 restrictions eased up, my classmates and I did the best we could to meet up in-person and enjoy every single moment together! We went on a picnic and had a fun time going bowling! My classmates are more than just classmates to me; they’re friends and a support system that I’m so lucky to have in my life!

May 2022

This month marks the end of my Fulbright journey! I couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity that not only taught me so many valuable things but made me grow a lot, as well. It feels like yesterday that I came to the United States! I remember that I felt scared and confused about the uncertainty of the journey, and now I feel like I’m leaving a part of me behind. It definitely feels bittersweet to return home and leave the place that I’ve called home for the past two years.

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