My Fulbright Story: Prelude

The wait is almost over! 

Finally, after several delays, I’ll be starting my Fulbright journey in less than 2 weeks (!!) 

For those unfamiliar, here’s a quick summary of my Fulbright story so far:

Award: 2021 Fulbright Future Scholarship (funded by the Kinghorn Foundation)

Location: Kolachalama Lab at Boston University 

Duration: 4 months

Purpose: To learn different machine learning algorithms that can be applied to mass spectrometry data in the hope that we can increase the accuracy of disease diagnosis

But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

For me, the Fulbright program is so much more than just bilateral research collaborations. It’s an opportunity to learn and embrace the American culture and spirit, and in exchange, to share all that is special and unique about Australia. 

Although I’ve visited the U.S. on multiple occasions before, this will be the first time where I get to really immerse myself in the American culture.

As a Scholar and STEM ambassador, this means learning more about the U.S. higher education system and entrepreneurial mindset.

As a travel enthusiast and foodie, this means absorbing American history and experiencing culture through food. 

So, over the next few months, I’ll be sharing my Fulbright story with you – regular updates and highlights from my trip, useful travel tips, and more –  stay tuned! 

But for now, here’s my bucket list (let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions!):

CultureWalk the Freedom Trail
Visit The White House, Lincoln Memorial, and U.S. Capitol
Visit the Smithsonian
Visit the 9/11 Memorial
SportWatch a Boston Red Sox baseball game
Watch a Boston Celtics NBA game
FoodClam chowder
Lobster roll
Boston cream pie
Fenway frank
Deep-dish pizza
Biscuits and gravy 
OtherLearn the American anthem
Name and locate all 50 U.S. states 
Shop at Trader Joe’s
Aussie bucket list for my U.S. friends and colleaguesIntroduce the meaning and practice of an Acknowledgement of Country
Host a sausage sizzle 
Make vegemite toast 
Make fairy bread
Teach some Aussie slang

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