The mentorship I received at Gordon through the Psychology department was incredibly valuable. That mentorship has continued even after graduating, and throughout my professional career, Fulbright application and experience, and PhD program applications. While it was not something I considered in choosing a school, faculty and staff commitment to supporting students after graduation has been tremendous—once attending Gordon, I feel as though I've joined a lifelong community of scholars.
—Emily Fisher ‘05
I recall seeing many posters around campus regarding the Fulbright, and I attended an information session or two. It seemed like a fantastic opportunity to travel, keep up my Spanish, and get a chance to be an informal ambassador to another country. Professor Pamela Thuswaldner, the Fulbright program advisor, was extremely helpful during my process. In addition, I really enjoyed my on-campus interview. I felt incredibly supported, as though each of the faculty members interviewing me truly wanted me to succeed.
I don’t think I was fully prepared for how difficult it was going to be to no longer be at Gordon—all of those friends in one place, being constantly challenged academically and spiritually. . . . However, the relationships I was fortunate enough to form throughout my time at Gordon were extremely helpful in supporting me through this experience of loss, while encouraging me to take advantage of the incredible experience of being a Fulbright scholar.
—Mariška A. Bolyanatz ‘08
I am teaching on a Fulbright in Germany because of my German professors, who not only taught me the language but also encouraged me to apply to a program that wasn’t part of my original post-graduation plans. They believed in me when I was unsure of myself and offered complete emotional and practical support during the application process.
When I am in front of a classroom I remember several Gordon professors and classes very specifically; I do my best to emulate their patience, passion, and problem-solving.
My professors stressed that I should form my own opinions about a text or idea, but also remain open to hear the criticisms, problems, and weaknesses of those opinions. I try to pass on that same openness to my students and practice it for myself. This is especially valuable in the field of cultural exchange—the Fulbright Program's primary area of interest—because it is so easy to assume my background and assumptions are universal when they decidedly are not.
—Jessica Kane '11