fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Hannah Hurlbut 萬錦成

Hannah Hurlbut 萬錦成
Hannah Hurlbut is an Asian American adoptee from mainland China as a result of the One-Child Policy. She grew up in Denver, Colorado, and she is a language lover and learner wanting to bridge differences in a polarized, sometimes divided society. With an invested interest in gender equality issues, Hannah hopes to pursue a career using social media and communication to advocate for this matter on a global scale.

Reflections on the Process of “Becoming” in Taiwan

I distinctly remember my first reaction to the notification that I had received the  Fulbright Scholarship: I screamed, I called my loved ones, and then I worried if I had earned the right to be here. I think any student applying for nationally competitive scholarships must undergo the process of self-doubt, imposter syndrome, fear of failure, and what can feel like the endless chase for success even after reaching another milestone. While enjoying the first accomplishment temporarily, a constant fear exists in the back of the mind of whether the achievements made are a product of luck, skill, or a mix of both, and whether they can be replicated or ever topped in the future. However, in Taiwan and the people I have met here, I have found self-confidence in myself and an appreciation for ambiguity that I would have never thought myself capable of before.   I cannot put into words the fullness of experiences and memories I have made in Taiwan so far. Of course, I could mention the easy and fun topics everyone enjoys: the bustling night markets of delicious food, the continuous search for the best boba shop, and the adventure of scuba diving or snorkeling with

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fulbright taiwan online journal