Be ready in the first month to be a little lonely. It’s completely normal and I think it makes you a stronger person. It’s that very beginning part when you’re like: “Okay, I can really do this,” and you can power through.
I really didn’t know what to expect of Poland, and its culture, or its people. But that soon changed when I was placed in Poznan and realized it’s this hugely exciting city of culinary experiments, and different festivals going on in different seasons, and people working on art and literature.
This year in Poland has taught me that I really enjoy teaching and communicating with populations, particularly one on one, so I want to take my international experience to the next level, and train to become a medical doctor in the United States, with the hope of one day being able to treat populations internationally.
I have learned a tremendous amount during my time here [Poland] not only about myself, but about the importance of communicating with others, even if your Polish is a little rough, like mine is, but the importance of learning and understanding about different cultures.
Getting to go to class every day, feeling like I’m making a real difference in someone’s life, in seeing their confidence in English grow, bit by bit every time they speak, has been truly phenomenal. I’ve learned about the culture, I’ve learned about myself, and I’ve learned my purpose in life – to help other people, and to make cross-cultural connections, and I’ll always be grateful to Fulbright for doing that.
Living in Poland for the academic year has been an amazing experience.
It’s worth coming to Poland because there is so much history and culture.
Part of what makes Fulbright so amazing is not just the lessons you learn, and the culture you’re exposed to, but the relationships that you create that maintain, and endure, and last.
Outside of the classroom, I have fallen in love with Rzeszow and the Podkarpackie region of Poland.