So it’s finally started! I made it to Fulbright orientation which officially began my Fulbright career. Over three days we learned what it means to be a scholar, learned how to live in the UK (aka how to be less loud), went to the House of Lords, met loads of interesting people (a baroness, a knight, and all the other Fulbright scholars), and participated in a little thing called the Fulbright scavenger hunt (read loud americans running though london).
Needless to say my team, “Puddle-Jumpers for Michael Scott-Kline,” through a combination of endurance, bravery, and a lack of general taste (see next photo as a reference) won.
It was good.
In other news, all the Fulbright scholars are amazing. As a group we are very diverse in age and experience (I’m the youngest by a couple of weeks and most people are well removed from university), and our projects cover an even broader scope. For example, while I’m researching Colletes halophilus other people will be studying the effects of creative communities on urban development, novel cancer treatments, or traditional book binding. I am genuinely honored to be associated with these people.