Author: Tamera Sullivan 蘇庭妮

Tamera Sullivan 蘇庭妮
Tamera Sullivan is 2019/2020 Fulbright Scholar pursuing a M.S. degree in Global Health at National Taiwan University. She graduated in 2019 from the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Chemistry, and a minor in Spanish. Her research interests include mental health, children’s health, and immigration. In her free time, Tamera loves reading, listening to podcasts, and exploring new places with friends.

An Unexpected Journey: How I Became a Master’s Student in Taiwan

The Decision to Come to Taiwan I believe that it is nothing short of a miracle that I am in Taiwan. In order to understand how I got here, we have to go back to my undergraduate years. I enjoyed my four years at the University of South Carolina, a college in my home state where I found my best friends, subjects that intrigued me, and issues I wanted to stand up for. What I did not find, and still do not know to this day, is the answer to this question: “So, what are you going to do next?” I have always hated this question, no matter whether it comes from well-meaning strangers, family members, friends, or academic colleagues. It is such a loaded question, one that to me implies “I know what you are doing now is great, but you need to stop living in this moment and create a 5-year plan, specifically one that abides by our societal timeline – education, job, family, retirement.” Now I am not saying that people should not plan for the things that they want in their future, but other people have no right to stress us out with this question and

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