Danielle Dominguez – 2019-2020, ETA, Cyprus
My name is Danielle Dominguez and I am a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Cyprus for the 2019-2020 cycle. I am Cuban-American and I grew up in the city of Los Angeles in California. I studied Literature and History at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.
My Fulbright year has been marked by growth in so many ways. I have become more confident in my abilities to adapt to new situations and places. I have immersed myself in new languages and culture so different from my own. Having my roots in one island and moving to Cyprus, another island, albeit in the Eastern Mediterranean, has been a great way for me to evaluate island culture all over the world! Many of my high school students were unfamiliar with Lantinx culture, so I decided to do a presentation on the city of Los Angeles and the ways it intersected with my identity as a Latina. My students enjoyed hearing me speak some Spanish and explain how my identity as a Latina intersected with the place that I grew up in.
My advice: Your Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Statement are two pieces of writing where it is your time to shine. Don't spend your time writing what you think the committee wants to hear and really take the time to brainstorm and write something with heart, with passion. I went through 3-4 different drafts of my essays, so don't feel like it has to be perfect writing from the get go. Think about why you want from this Fulbright and what this grant means to you, and then start writing!
Attached is a photo of me at Aphrodite's Rock. According to mythology, the Greek goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite,was born in Cyprus. According to legend, the rocks were once part of the shell that carried her to the island. I've enjoyed traveling all over Cyprus and I really encourage all future Fulbrighters to travel within whichever country they are in, and get to know people all over and see as much as you can!
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