About more than half a year ago, when my 30th birthday was approaching, if you had asked me whether I was excited about it, I would have screamed out a resounding NOOO. Quite the opposite, I was freaking out about it, suddenly seeing only things that I had not done (but thought I should have had). All the growth, valuable relationships, wonderful experiences living on 3 continents, and all those accomplishments I had been working so hard to achieve somehow diminished and vanished into invisibility in front of my blinded eyes.
How excited I am that the summer has officially come back. I don’t countdown to Christmas but I have been looking forward to June the 21st for some time now. And finally, here today comes the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. Hooray!!
The gentle, caressing, honey-sweet sunlight of the spring not only filled me up with excitement but also inspired my first home improvement project here in Amsterdam, my balcony renovation project. And now to mark the first day of summer, I’m gonna introduce the space in my apartment which I am the proudest of, my balcony. Yay
I put on the ice skating shoes and walked to the ice rink. “The first few minutes will be hard but after that, it’s gonna be okay,” I thought to myself as I was getting closer to the gate, recalling how it always took me some moments at first in the previous times I went…
“If you’re a Fulbrighter, you’ll become a Fulbrighter. If you’re not, you won’t.” Nghe thì có vẻ như là có chút gì kỳ bí, định mệnh ở đây. Nhưng thật ra theo mình, đó là bởi vì Fulbright rất rõ ràng trong việc Fulbright tìm kiếm điều gì ở ứng viên, tạm gọi là “Fulbright DNA”. 🙂 Bạn không cần là người giỏi nhất. Quan trọng là bạn đáp ứng những tiêu chí Fulbright tìm kiếm. Nếu bạn có “Fulbright DNA”, bạn sẽ thành công với Fulbright.
Bởi vậy trong bài viết này, mình sẽ không có những tips, những “chiêu” để viết bài luận theo “công nghệ Fulbright”. Điều duy nhất mình có để chia sẻ là một số kinh nghiệm để giúp bạn thể hiện tốt chính bản thân mình trong 2000 từ: chân thực (authentic) và thích hợp (relevant).