A Year in the Fulbright Life: Issa’s Story

For the next year, Fulbright MENA will be showcasing a handful of students as they study in the United States with their new series, A Year in the Fulbright Life. Each month, spotlighted students will share an update as they continue on their Fulbright journey.

August 2017

“It has been a year since I quit my job, left my family and moved to the United States to start my Fulbright journey.”

“I always think about how this has been an eye-opening experience! I met amazing people from different parts of the world, made new friends, and got the chance to visit interesting places.”

Issa at DefCon

“I am currently serving as the president of RIT Fulbright Scholar Association where we have an active community of 25 Fulbright students from different countries. We are currently preparing for our semester events including a welcome ceremony and a couple of community service events. ”

Issa with his Fulbright Family

September 2017

This month I helped organize the Fulbright welcome picnic for students at Rochester Institute of Technology. We chose to go to Letchworth State Park which is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Each student cooked a meal that represented their home cuisine. Our picnic table had Russian, Ukrainian, Palestinian, Ghanaian, Congolese, Egyptian, Mongolian, Afghan, and of course, American food.


Issa is a second-year Fulbrighter from the West Bank working on his Master’s in Computer Security at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Follow updates from Issa and other Fulbright students on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Check back here every month for more updates on the blog and Medium Series to see what Issa does this year!

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