Fulbright was an important part of this conference experience, not only because it helped me attend the event, but also because my Fulbright exchange (2007-2008) at the University of Manoa in Hawaii shaped my personality and allowed me to become the researcher I am today. This educational exchange was a wonderful opportunity for me to meet people from various ethnic backgrounds who spoke different languages and worked in diverse disciplines. It was such a wonderful feeling to be able to connect with different people, understand their
senses of humor, celebrate their national holidays with them, and better understand how they live their lives. I could never adjust to cultures as easily, nor conduct my research as efficiently, without my Fulbright experience. To me, being a Fulbrighter is a way of life!