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a bit of background information..

10 August, 2010

A little over 64 years ago, President Harry Truman signed a bill into law that I have a feeling is going to have a profound impact on my life.  This bill, introduced the year prior by Senator J. William Fulbright, and designed to provide a platform for the exchange of cultural and educational ideas and understanding, ultimately established the Fulbright Program.

So what does this have to do with me, a grad student who has spent nearly all of her life living in the Chicagoland area?

A year or so ago, my husband and I each decided to apply for a Fulbright Grant…

And well, now my living room floor has been taken over by a giant suitcase, and several stacks of books and other educational materials.

Am I going on a trip, you ask?  In less than a month, I will be setting out on the trip of a lifetime – I’ll be working as an English Teaching Assistant at l’Université Moulay Ismail in Morocco, thanks to the Fulbright Program!

So here I am now, in my comfortable apartment perched above Chicago’s Gold Coast, waiting to toss (okay, neatly roll and tuck) my choice belongings into whatever I can carry, and embark on what will be an amazing experience, inch’allah.  And I invite you, beloved family and friends (random inet folks too!) to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

NB: From what I have read and heard, it is common practice in Morocco to pepper one’s writings and speakings with phrases thanking, praising, or otherwise referring to God, so you can expect to see more of this as I make my way through my ten month grant period.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    11 August, 2010 08:39

    Great post. So glad you’ll be blogging, Tracy!! Can’t wait to read all about your adventures!

  2. Clayton permalink
    11 August, 2010 08:56

    I want a full report of the toilet conditions in Morocco

    • 11 August, 2010 09:01

      Once I land, and get set up in an apartment, you can expect a full post, complete with photographs, dedicated to all things bathroom.

      There’s no shame here.. at least not yet!

  3. Mother permalink
    11 August, 2010 22:08

    Dear Ms.Baahnvoyage,

    There are no words to describe how proud I am of you!
    You Go Girl!

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