A Year in the Fulbright Life: Maryam’s Story

August 2019

I can still remember how I felt during the first day of my arrival to the states. I was homesick since Day 1 but was able to shake it off by being around people all the time and making new friends. Having a buffer week between your arrival date to your campus and departing from your home country is a relieving feeling knowing that you’ll be around people who are going through the same transition you are going through! I was sent on a Pre-Academic Program at Montclair State University in New Jersey and had a blast with an amazing group of Fulbrighters from around the world: Indonesians, Argentinians, Mexicans, a Tunisian, a Palestinian, Germans, Russians, Columbians, Singaporeans, Chinese, Georgians, New Zealand and more (I’m sure I missed a lot of other nationalities!)

September 2019

One of the greatest things about living in downtown Orlando is being able to wake up and go to sleep with this amazing skyline of the city. Though, the downside is waking up to the Sunrail sound from the 14th floor.

October 2019

Taking a walk to the local Farmers Market downtown has become a weekly ritual for me. It has such great vibes and the freshly made lemonade is to die for.

November 2019

Receiving a University of Central Florida Graduate Fellowship pin is such an honor. Unfortunately, I missed attending the fellowship reception organized by UCF to recognize the recipients for the 2019–2020 academic year, but I was still able to get my pin!

December 2019

Through a group project/event in my public relations class, I was introduced to the First Amendment. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects against laws prohibiting the freedom of religion, speech, and the press, as well as the right to assemble and to petition the government. It was fun putting the event together and even more rewarding to gain knowledge on the subject. It was interesting to also discuss how the rights that the first amendment granted to the US citizen are being practiced in different parts of the world!

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