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7 Fulbright ETA Application Tips: Read My Statement of Grant Purpose!

Fulbright is one of the most prestigious fellowship programs in the world. It’s also one of the most competitive. You must have a strong application in order to be competitive. I was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Belarus for the 2019-2020 academic year. I loved it! I’m sharing my...

January in Belarus

January in Belarus: Everywhere But Belarus

In my previous Belarus update, I was in Germany celebrating Christmas with my parents. Once they left, I planned on exploring some of Poland on my way back to Belarus, then spend the rest of my January in Belarus. Instead, I realized how deeply I missed familiarity and my friends in...

December in Belarus: A Hilarious Apartment Story

If you read my previous update, you’ll know that I was greatly anticipating a refresh. While every day is a new day to start again, a new month feels more smashing a reset button in my book. December in Belarus was going to be different for me, and it was. It was filled with...

November in Belarus: Apparently They Think I’m Fat

Do you think I’m fat? Because some Belarusians do and, in November in Belarus, they weren’t afraid to tell me. Positive remnants of Soviet culture remain in Belarus, such as the immaculately clean cities and no one living on the street. It’s so safe here that young...

October in Belarus

October in Belarus: Wait…I Was Drinking Dirty Water?!

Time flashed before my eyes this month. I blinked, and my Belarus in October was over. I found my groove in Belarus this month. Naturally, I don’t have everything figured out, but I’m comfortably shopping, navigating, and living out daily life. Here are the defining moments...

September in Belarus

September in Belarus

I’ve been excited all month to write this post, but now I realize how difficult it is to summarize 30 days of excitement, confusion, friendship, and frustration. Belarus is quickly appearing on travelers’ radars, but they have no idea what this country is about. Hopefully, I...