Last week was my final full week at the Fulbright Commission in Warsaw. Unfortunately, my internship was only for the month of May, but I do feel as though I have spent enough time here to gain a new perspective on my academic career. While doing my work for the Fulbright Commission, I was able to look over some of the fields that grantees are involved in. From molecular biology to American blues, Fulbright scholars come from the entire spectrum of academia. However, what I took away the most from looking into the bios of all the scholars is how passionate they are about their work and their fields. Many have gone on to continue their studies at prestigious universities in both the United States and Europe or have careers in well known companies. It does feel a little overwhelming seeing how much some of these scholars have achieved so far and I do question whether I am making the most of the opportunities that I come across in life. I have realized that all of these individuals have come so far because they are doing what they are truly passionate about and their success is just a natural result of that. I’m hoping that these stories of success drive me to find out what I want to pursue in life and utilize the rest of my academic career towards making that pursuit a reality.
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