I would walk 500 miles

1 With the PhD students of the Organizations, Strategy, and International Management Department of the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas.[/caption] As my journey continued, I encountered things I would never have expected before coming to Dallas. Instead of being surrounded by cowboy hats, horses, and guns, I found myself in a city brimming with young professionals, a vibrant art scene, and incredible cultural diversity. During my time in Dallas, I volunteered at a Thai temple, watched Indian Bollywood movies, went to an Iranian stand-up comedy show, celebrated Chinese New Year, and attended an Ethiopian celebration, just to name a few. One stereotype remains though: everything truly is bigger in Texas! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="480"]2 With Big Tex at the annual State Fair of Texas in Dallas[/caption] Apart from my walking miles, my frequent flyer miles reached a record-high as well. In the past ten months, I attended conferences in Vancouver, Fort Worth, Park City, and Houston; I visited friends in New York, Puerto Rico, Boston, and Los Angeles; and I attended Fulbright seminars in Reno and Philadelphia. During these travels, I met people from over 60 different countries and experienced over and over again the kind of magic that happens when you interact with like-minded people from different backgrounds. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]3 With other Fulbrighters at the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar in Philadelphia[/caption] Now that I am close to reaching the finish line, it is time to look forward as well. I am excited to go home and see my friends and family again, but most importantly to pay it forward: to share my experience and embrace people in Belgium with the same kindness and hospitality that I have received during my 500 mile journey in the United States. Thank you to everyone who was a part of it! Charlotte 2015-2016 Fulbright visiting researcher at University of Texas at Dallas ]]>