I am honored to have been included in the first Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar in Taiwan. I applied to this experience to enrich myself and to hopefully bring back ideas on how my university can send more students to Taiwan. This seminar marks my first experience in an Asian country, and it was an opportunity of a lifetime to see life in Taiwan and to hear from locals about their home country and culture. I greatly enjoyed seeing how welcoming and open-minded the people I encountered were. Especially when I do not know the language, I try to avoid being the stereotypical traveler who thinks that everyone knows my language. So, I enjoyed the pantomiming and my (sometimes failed) attempts at interacting with people in markets, restaurants, and on the street. I only had one time that I truly felt frustrated – and that was when I had already eaten a meal at the night market, and I was wanting to pay. It shows how trusting Taiwanese people are when even with expressions and trying to hand over money, they thought I was wanting to order food, not pay for what I had already received. Then there was the
Author: Whitney Morris
Dr. Whitney Morris has served as Coordinator of Faculty-Led Study Abroad at East Carolina University (ECU) since 2016. She works with faculty from a wide variety of disciplines to create programs in over 30 countries and she is passionate about helping students have global opportunities during their college careers. Prior to her current position, Whitney worked as an Education Abroad Advisor at ECU for 4 years. Whitney obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University with majors in French, Mathematics, and Spanish, and a minor in Global Perspectives, and during her degree program she studied abroad in France and Spain. Her Masters degree was obtained from Universidad de Alcalá, located in Spain, in Bilingual and Multicultural Education. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at ECU and studied over a summer term in Argentina. Whitney enjoys traveling to new places, reading, playing with her pet sugar gliders, crocheting, and spending time with family and friends.