Enchanted by Ireland in 2003, I vowed to return to live and work there for a year. My husband and I had fallen in love with the people, pubs, landscape, food, architecture, music, and even the climate. (Admittedly, we had false impressions of the climate, since our two-week trip coincided with a “heat wave” where temperatures hit a whopping 75F each day and rain was nowhere in sight.)
I returned home and researched the requirements for becoming a Fulbright Core Scholar. Securing a Fulbright grant was going to be more difficult than I’d thought, but I did see a possible route to achieving that goal. I’d significantly improve my chances if I earned architectural licensure and a doctorate. Over the years, I chipped away at my iceberg — earning a license to practice architecture in 2005 and a PhD in Higher Education in 2010.
I submitted an application to Fulbright right after graduation, but to no avail. That inital application got kicked out in the first round of competition. I kept chipping away, though. My second try met with success. Starting August 23, I’ll be living my dream — and working my finger to the bone — at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Stay tuned to this blog for:
- Tips on applying for a Fulbright
- Stories of my adventures Ireland
- Photographs of “Urban Reflections”
- Findings from my research at the Dublin Institute of Technology