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Yasmin Radbod, B.A., Asian Studies (2012), writes from Nepal, where she is teaching 6th-8th graders as part of the Fulbright Program:

“The Fulbright ETA program is an incredible experience because it is humbling and eye opening. It’s not just because I’m traveling abroad. I see the impact I have on my students every day in class. I see their smiles and their excitement to learn, whether it’s dance class after school or arts and crafts or making toilet paper mummies for a Halloween celebration. And I live with a very traditional Nepali family, which has been a great experience. It has made me appreciate my family so much more and it’s made me cognizant of how much more I need to be there for my own family. Of course I have breaks and I travel everywhere in Nepal. I have been rafting on crazy rapids, hiking in the Annapurna mountains, and I leave next month for a safari and a visit to Buddha’s birthplace. It’s a lot of up and down but above all I remember I’m here for my students, not only to teach English, but to give them a role model and provide them with different and new ideas of learning and teaching. I love my students and they motivate me on the tough days when I feel like nothing is going right.“

Yasmine and her students

Yasmine and her students

Yasmin and her Nepali grandma eating lollipops (the grandmother’s first time)

Yasmin and her Nepali grandma eating lollipops (the grandmother’s first time)