“Being accepted into the Malaysian Graduate Study and Research Program was a dream come true. My pursuit of a Master’s in Educational Policy and Leadership was realized at the State University of New York, Albany (SUNY). As a public school teacher of 7 years, championing education reform in a rural indigenous school in Malaysia, I came to the realization that I had a gap in knowledge, global experience, and exposure. I looked for opportunities to bridge that gap, to ensure that I could serve and contribute to Malaysian education better. In my search, I was blessed to have had the opportunity to engage with a number of Fulbright alumni. Their passionate stories and the glimmer in their eyes belied the passion of their amazing experiences, and how they grew and learned from their time in the program made Fulbright the right choice for me.
What was most memorable about the experience were the frequent critical discourse and debates, comparing policies of different countries all in an effort to make the world a better place. I am blessed to have witnessed the true essence of global citizenship firsthand through my Fulbright experience, that when like-minded people come together, we can change the world.”