krys315

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  1. Early Termination of Fulbright Grant

    Please do not terminate early. You sighed up for cultural exchange. This is a learning experience. You chose this opportunity so finish it out!!! You are not in danger so just remember what you are doing. When you leave you will regret it. You will be fine!! You made it more than hallfway!!
  2. Fulbright 2014-2015

    Hi Kelsey. I graduated in 2012 May. The Fulbright advisor said I could not apply through the school but I could submit my essays to her and ask for help if I needed. She helped me with a few things, but I did not really need her help afterall. You already know the process so I am sure you are fine. I applied AT LARGE and received the grant for next yr. Before I graduated they had a powerpoint presentation and one of the Fulbright Committee members (from NY I think) was there. I asked him if applying AT LARGE is seen as negatively. He said no. I worried about it. Think about it this way. if you apply through your school and receive a low rank then that will probably hurt you. If you get a high ranking through your school it may help you. AT LARGE, there are no rankings and just you and your application. To be honest, I'd rather have the FULBRIGHT committee rank me without prejudice from a school ranking :-) :-)
  3. Fulbright 2014-2015

    YES 100% mention it!!! 150%
  4. Fulbright 2013-2014

    See?!! With so many Brazil grants someone was bound not to accept. CONGRATS!!!
  5. Fulbright 2014-2015

    A suggestion from March 2012
  6. Fulbright 2014-2015

    ATTENTION: ANYONE WHO DOES NOT THINK THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO EARN A FULBRIGHT GRANT I just want to tell everyone to please be encouraged! Apply again. Even if you think you won't be accepted. I have posted in the 2013-14 forum but thought you all may need this. I have just been accepted and did not want to seem like I was bragging, but decided to post this anyway. I thought GPA was everything, but apparently not. I was a straight A student from Kindergarten through graduating High school, but not so much in college. I had a 2.9 GPA and got a Fulbright. I am super happy for everyone with high GPA's (and would have loved to have a high GPA) but I don't want anyone to bank on that alone because it may hinder you elsewhere in your application. You have to stand out. Also although I had a 2.9 GPA I was a Bio major and did poorly, then switched to SPanish/Latin American Studies and got straight A's. Some pointersL 1. For my recommendations: I had the Dean of my college in my University (who was one of my Spanish professors in my last yr of university) rate my Spanish level, had an AMAZING teacher I had for 2 Portuguese/Brazil classes rate my Portuguese, proofread my statements, and write a recommendation, had one of my SPanish teachers (from Spain) write me a recommendation who I had for 2 Spanish courses, and a professor who I had for 1 Brazilian History class, and who worked on the Fulbright committee in the past at my University (who also semi suggested Fulbright for me to get to Brazil) write my third recommendation. I'm not saying these professors/deans made me get the grant, but they did help, especially with my poor GPA and I wanted to share with you. Make sure if you all apply again (and change nothing else) that you have professors who are current or who you participated in their courses and you know liked you much. 2. In addition, I had 2 professors for Brazilian/Portuguese classes write recommendations. taking these classes probably showed I had a good level of the language 3. I also know I put my heart and soul into (even though I started my statement about 2 months before the Oct 17 deadline), but once again I did not get even an alternate status in January. I thought to myself "Wow I did not even get an alternate status. How could I think I had a chance at being a competitive applicant?" not thinking that "Hey there were only 30 ETA slots and 1bout 170 who applied so that has nothing to do with you not having a good application" 4. Apply to a country even if you do not think you have a good chance. There are people who applied to a country with very few grants or applied to a country with a lot of grants, a lot of applicants (low percentage of receiving a grant). Apply to what you want. Who would have thought there would be 90 grants added to the country you applied? DO NOT GIVE UP. If you have a passion for a certain country and would like be there. DO NOT GIVE UP. 5. Also, make sure your 2 statements are not the same at all. I PERSONALLY think your personal statement is slightly more important (but should definitely relate to your 2nd statement. Just be REAL in your statements. Do not exaggerrate or make things up. And DO NOT BORE THEM. Imagine how many essays they have read that sound the same. Tell them interesting things and important moments to you. In addition, prior to writing my statement I volunteered for a few months teaching immigrants English (since I did not have any experience teaching adults) and that in itself was beautiful. 6. I just felt the need to write this. Hopefully someone who doesn't think they are good enough and is on the fence about applying will read this and change their mind. Writing the statements definitely helped me see myself clearer than before. Overall be honest about your intentions. If you have a poor GPA in comparison to the 4.0's who you know are applying make sure you mention it in a half sentence. I mentioned that because my family came from poverty I wanted a career that would mean MONEY even if I did not like it. Directly from my statement: "......Tales such as these often bothered me as a young girl, and as I reached adulthood, they directed me toward a pre-dental career path for the sole purpose of financial stability. Over the course of several semesters, all-the-while with Spanish as my minor, I acknowledged my long-time passion for language, and made a necessary change in career goal..." I did not mention it ever again in my statement. 7. So BE ENCOURAGED. God has a path for each and every one of us and if you feel it in your heart that you are meant to do something please try again! When I attended the Fulbright meetings at my college (although I had to apply At-Large) I felt inferior in comparison to many overly confident students who knew EXACTLY what they wanted (research grants not ETAs). Hopefully no one is annoyed Sorry if I'm not typing perfect English. I just woke up and my kitten, Rosie, is distracting me Any alternates, there is a chance for you!!! Keep your hopes up! After I was turned down in Jan (no alt status) I felt a tiny bit sad, but decided "I guess it was not meant for me" so hearing more slots were there in may, made me FLIP. Also I had people pray for me too :-) Any questions? Contact me ;-) Twitter: Ms_Krystalina [email protected]
  7. Fulbright 2013-2014

    ATTENTION: ANYONE WHO DOES NOT THINK THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO EARN A FULBRIGHT GRANT I just want to tell everyone to please be encouraged! Apply again. Even if you think you won't be accepted. I have just been accepted as a Brazil ETA and did not want to seem like I was bragging, but decided to post this anywayI thought GPA was everything, but apparently not. I was a straight A student from Kindergarten through graduating High school, but not so much in college. I had a 2.9 GPA and got a Fulbright. I am super happy for everyone with high GPA's (and would have loved to have a high GPA) but I don't want anyone to bank on that alone because it may hinder you elsewhere in your application. You have to stand out. Also although I had a 2.9 GPA I was a Bio major and did poorly, then switched to SPanish/Latin American Studies and got straight A's. Some pointers 1. For my recommendations: I had the Dean of my college in my University (who was one of my Spanish professors in my last yr of university) rate my Spanish level, had an AMAZING teacher I had for 2 Portuguese/Brazil classes rate my Portuguese, proofread my statements, and write a recommendation, had one of my SPanish teachers (from Spain) write me a recommendation who I had for 2 Spanish courses, and a professor who I had for 1 Brazilian History class, and who worked on the Fulbright committee in the past at my University (who also semi suggested Fulbright for me to get to Brazil) write my third recommendation. I'm not saying these professors/deans made me get the grant, but they did help, especially with my poor GPA and I wanted to share with you. Make sure if you all apply again (and change nothing else) that you have professors who are current or who you participated in their courses and you know liked you much. 2. In addition, I had 2 professors for Brazilian/Portuguese classes write recommendations. taking these classes probably showed I had a good level of the language. 3. I also know I put my heart and soul into (even though I started my statement about 2 months before the Oct 17 deadline), but once again I did not get even an alternate status in January. I thought to myself "Wow I did not even get an alternate status. How could I think I had a chance at being a competitive applicant?" not thinking that "Hey there were only 30 ETA slots and 1bout 170 who applied so that has nothing to do with you not having a good application" 4. Apply to a country even if you do not think you have a good chance. There are people who applied to a country with very few grants or applied to a country with a lot of grants, a lot of applicants (low percentage of receiving a grant). Apply to what you want. Who would have thought there would be 90 grants added to the country you applied? DO NOT GIVE UP. If you have a passion for a certain country and would like be there DO NOT GIVE UP. 5. Also, make sure your 2 statements are not the same at all. I PERSONALLY think your personal statement is slightly more important (but should definitely relate to your 2nd statement. Just be REAL in your statements. Do not exaggerrate or make things up. And DO NOT BORE THEM. Imagine how many essays they have read that sound the same. Tell them interesting things and important moments to you. In addition, prior to writing my statement I volunteered for a few months teaching immigrants English (since I did not have any experience teaching adults) and that in itself was beautiful. 6. I just felt the need to write this. Hopefully someone who doesn't think they are good enough and is on the fence about applying will read this and change their mind. Writing the statements definitely helped me see myself clearer than before. Overall be honest about your intentions. If you have a poor GPA in comparison to the 4.0's who you know are applying make sure you mention it in a half sentence. I mentioned that because my family came from poverty I wanted a career that would mean MONEY even if I did not like it. Directly from my statement: "......Tales such as these often bothered me as a young girl, and as I reached adulthood, they directed me toward a pre-dental career path for the sole purpose of financial stability. Over the course of several semesters, all-the-while with Spanish as my minor, I acknowledged my long-time passion for language, and made a necessary change in career goal..." I did not mention it ever again in my statement. 7. So BE ENCOURAGED. God has a path for each and every one of us and if you feel it in your heart that you are meant to do something please try again! When I attended the Fulbright meetings at my college (although I had to apply At-Large) I felt inferior in comparison to many overly confident students who knew EXACTLY what they wanted (research grants not ETAs). Hopefully no one is annoyed Sorry if I'm not typing perfect English. I just woke up and my kitten, Rosie, is distracting me And to Erica and any other alternates, there is a chance for you!!! Keep your hopes up! After I was turned down in Jan (no alt status) I felt a tiny bit sad, but decided "I guess it was not meant for me" so hearing more slots were there in may, made me FLIP. Also I had people pray for me too :-) Erica, you are an alternate so you have a great chance of getting this. I think at least 5 people won't be able to attend Any questions? Contact me ;-) Twitter: Ms_Krystalina [email protected]
  8. Fulbright 2013-2014

    Let us know. Maybe they sent it and you did not receive again! I hope u got it! :-)
  9. Fulbright 2013-2014

    Yeah. I have a friend in RIo. My old roommate. That would be great. Then I have a male buddy who has been practicing Portuguese with me for the past 2 yrs. He is in Sao Paulo...I hope I don't end up in some abandoned country area!! lol
  10. Fulbright 2013-2014

    I made it. THANK GOD! <3 This is such a blessing. I highly encourage everyone to re-apply again if you did not make it. I graduated with a 2.9 GPA and still made it.
  11. Fulbright 2013-2014

    Yeah I got the same email. I originally applied to Brazil as an ETA and did not receive an alternate slot. I believe maybe 200 people applied for 30 grants. The only difference is that in my email they said I am being reconsidered and I do not have to reapply, just to let them know if I want to withdraw...Then I received those 2 emails this week of course...ahah
  12. Fulbright 2013-2014

    Yes, I am part Panamanian and went to Panama in Dec 2011/ Jan 2012 for 3 weeks. I absolutely loved it. Beautiful :-)
  13. Fulbright 2013-2014

    YES SUCKS!! Well i think 1 of 2 things. #1 It was an accident sent to people who already applied from the beginning to Brazil, which would explain why you an alternate had not received anything OR #2 They chose me but were not supposed to notify yet because they have not chosen the full 90 candidates yet I'm 50/50 but praying for the best. Side note, have you been to Panama?
  14. Fulbright 2013-2014

    BEYOND HORRIBLE!!!
  15. Fulbright 2013-2014

    I GOT AN EMAIL ABOUT BRAZIL at 12:21 PM EST today! I got an email saying congratulations on being selected and for me to participate in the virtual Pre-Departure orientation!!! THEN guess what?!! At 4:13 PM EST I received an email that there was an oversight in the office and no decisions are final and I will know by end of the month WHAT DA?! if I don't get it now I am going to be ticked off!!! Whoever sent that out probably got in trouble! lol. But that nearly gave me a heart attack!! At the end of the email I have "You will be formally notified by this office of decisions pertaining to your candidacy as soon as we are authorized to do so."