My Fulbright Experience in the U.S.

Great Seal of the United States

Pictured: Fulbright Alumnus, Soseala Tinilau at California State University Northridge with his Supervisor, Dr. Curtis B. Daniel.

Below is a short summary of Mr. Tinilau’s experience in the United States. 

When I left my house for the airport, I was excited, and looking forward to experience a new study environment but I was also nervous. As the first ever Tuvaluan to receive such a prestigious Fulbright award, I was nervous of being failed and let everyone (my family and nation) down, nervous about making friends, nervous about my classes, nervous about being in a country I’ve never visited, finding my way around campus, like everyone is when they first start at a new school. I was also scared. Scared of a lot of things actually. Missing my flight. Plane crashes. Scared of people with guns.

 I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in California, USA. I thought I would have a great time and I was vaguely aware that the experience would probably change me in profound ways, but trying to see into the future was of course, impossible. So, it is with great pleasure that I say that my experience in the U.S. was far better than I ever could have imagined.

 I saw sights that I was just imagining when I was isolated thousands miles away, sites like Hollywood, Disneyland, Six Flags, SeaWorld, Venice Beach, to name a few. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my Fulbright experience, my experience in California, but as we all know, all good things must come to an end.

Consequently, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Regional Public Affairs Department of the U.S. Embassy in Fiji and everyone involved for making this experience possible.” – Soseala Tinilau 

The United States Embassy in Suva is pleased to invite applications from resident nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu for the J. William Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarships for academic year 2018-2019. The Fulbright Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for graduate study and/or research at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.