A Year in the Fulbright Life: Mariam E.’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

Mariam, a new Fulbright, recently arrived in the United States to start her masters at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mariam with her American host family

“I was lucky enough to be hosted by this wonderful American family, George and Donna Beestman, who are volunteers with Madison Friends of International students! They provided me a temporary house, helped me lease a studio, find furnishings and get settled before my classes at UW start. Such initiatives are very important in building mutual cultural understanding. By hosting international students they believe the world comes to them!

Mariam about to enter her new home for the year!

September 2017

“One of the things I’ve noticed is how much football plays a huge role in American culture. It actually gives an identity to the city with the team mascot, the chants and the team colors. When football season started, Madison was all red, and people were tailgating all over the city. The atmosphere became very energetic and vibrant. Our mascot at Wisconsin is called Bucky Badger, and here I am posing with him. I’m all ready for football season!”

Mariam, her American friend and Bucky Badger

October 2017

“Earlier this month, I decided to change the route I take to go home from campus. I tried the lake path next to Lake Mendota in Madison, and I was amazed! The beauty was so surreal, it looked like a painting. One of the best things about studying in the United States is having such beautiful nature around. It’s so relaxing. I’m blessed.”


Mariam is a first-year Fulbrighter from Lebanon working on her Master’s in in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She’s currently a student at University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Follow updates from Mariam 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 Mariam does this year!

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