I’ve been home for about four months now. The transition from traveling untethered to strictly following stay at home orders due to the COVID-19 crisis has been jolting. It is a juxtaposition between flying and being grounded. But at the same time, I am incredibly thankful to be home, with our daughters and my husband, sheltering in place. Although I still haven’t caught up with most of my friends and family in person, I look forward to the day when we can embrace and move around freely in the world once again.
Croatia will always be on my mind and in my heart. I have been e-mailing and using WhatsApp frequently to stay in touch with my amazing Croatian colleagues and friends in Zadar and Zagreb. They have truly become my second family. I have written a review for the textbook, Introduction to Academic Writing, for one of my fellow faculty members at University of Zadar, Leonarda Lovrović. We taught Contemporary English Language courses together during the fall term. I also composed a “dream draft,” utilizing an ICISP template as a model to start recording ideas for a faculty exchange program with University of Zadar. And I’ve proposed a Fulbright Wall at College of DuPage, featuring a plaque and series of pictures of COD Fulbright recipients, to be revealed during Global Education Week. I will also present at the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Midwest region GoingGlobal, Growing Global Community College Symposium this fall, sharing my Fulbright experience and facilitating a Croatian book club reading list with our COD Library.
In the meantime, I continue to teach at College of DuPage and recently was contacted by the U.S. Department of State to publish highlights of my blog. Please see the link below for inspiration!