By Claire Gjertsen, 2015-2016 Killam Fellow from University of Calgary to American University

Over my trip, I visited the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. I visited Duke University and met with one of my favourite historians, Laura Edwards. I explored the cities of Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh, meeting locals, visiting the universities, and meeting up with fellow Killam Fellow Andrew Royce Bauer.
In South Carolina, I spent time in Charleston where I befriended locals and visited plantations, ate barbecue, and visited more university campuses. I ended up skipping Savannah because I loved Charleston so much.

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By Macey Shay, 2015-2016 Killam Fellow from University of Texas-Austin to l’Université de Montreal

I had the privilege of receiving a Killam Fellowship cultural awareness program grant to travel to Nova Scotia.  It was my first time visiting the province, and I was blown away by its natural beauty and the friendliness of its people.  The history and culture of the Maritimes is very rich, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to experience it firsthand.

During my four-night trip  I was able to experience more of Nova Scotia than I ever thought I would!  This was thanks to the very kind owners of the bed and breakfast I stayed at in Ferguson’s Cove, just twenty minutes from downtown Halifax.  Eva and Tom’s place is called Star of the Sea, and it was in fact the very first of many historical properties that I saw in Nova Scotia.  Beautifully situated next to the famous fort York Redoubt and graced with spectacular ocean views, the bed and breakfast used to be a Catholic church, built in 1846, for the Irish soldiers who were sent to protect the city and its harbor during wartime.  This registered historical property that has been masterfully conserved has a bell tower that still has its original bell that came from a ship and even World War II bunkers to explore on the property!  I loved staying with Eva and Tom because, as locals, they had a lot of knowledge about the region to pass on to me. 

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By Jenika Heim, Program Officer, External Relations at Fulbright Canada

Originally published in Canadian Student Magazine, Fall 2015

Studying abroad is an exciting, even transformative, experience… and definitely something worth considering. With some 3,000 institutions to select from, the United States has one of the most vibrant and varied collections of colleges and universities in the world. There are world-class private colleges and universities, large research-intensive public universities, and, of course, prestigious liberal arts colleges nestled in beautiful pastoral college towns. With so many choices, it is easy to tailor your exchange to United States to the geographic and educational experience that will suit you.

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By Diyyinah Jamora, 2015-2016 Killam Fellow from the  University of Ottawa to the University of Maine

I come from Canada, born in Vancouver and studying in Ottawa. Just this August, I packed up my things and moved to a new university and a new home to call my own for the next four months: Maine. I had never been to New England or even seen the Atlantic Ocean prior to living in Orono. Looking at a map of the United States you would think, “so basically it’s Canada.” But I quickly learned that living in a small town in Maine is incredibly different than back home, and studying at an American college is a very different educational experience.

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By Bailey Anderson, 2015-16 Killam Fellow, University of Texas – Austin to Memorial University of Newfoundland

International education has been an important aspect of my life since, as an insecure 16 year old, I decided to go to Argentina for a year as a Rotary Youth Ambassador. My experience there taught me more about myself, the world, and my own background than any amount of time in my small home town could have. It taught me to search for the value in every experience and every person and that fear of failure is one of the worst reasons to let life slip you by.

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Fulbright Canada’s annual Fall Orientation, a three day extravaganza which began this year on Friday September 5th, is the first step in an exciting adventure for the incoming cohort of US Fulbright scholars and all of the incoming Killlam fellows. 68 students, young professionals, and scholars descended on Ottawa for a program packed with lectures, opportunities to share research and scholarly plans, networking with new colleagues and potential partners, cultural activities, and, of course, hockey.

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