Who are you? I’m Hayley, nice to meet you! Or, I should say: Mənim adım Hayley, tanış olmağımıza şadam! I’m originally from Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2013 with a degree in History and Anthropology. Currently, I have nothing tying me down to any one place in particular, a frightening and exhilarating thought.
Where are you going? What will you be doing? I’ll be in Baku, the booming capital city of Azerbaijan, from September 2014 to June of 2015. I’m serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) at Azerbaijan State Economic University (ASEU). Basically, I’ll be co-teaching, acting as an English/American culture resource, plugging myself into Baku’s community, and learning about a culture that I’ve fallen in love with.
Are you qualified to do this? *laughs out loud* If you’re asking if I have a teaching degree or any kind of teaching certificate, no, I do not possess anything of the sort.
Then how did you get a Fulbright grant? I’m not sure what induced the powers that be to choose me. But, I can tell you that I was my honest self on my application, and argued that Azerbaijan would be a perfect place to continue my academic and personal interests in Eurasia which was started during my time in Turkey. I would also say that I’m ambitious but down to earth, and that’s the “tone” I used on my application as well.
What’s up with your blog’s title? Have you ever seen the movie An American in Paris, or even just parts of it? The city of Paris dominates the film and pulses with vitality and new beginnings. From all stages of life, and from different places of the world, the characters are there because the city beckons them. Their Paris is my Baku, so I’m an American in Baku!
With that said, thanks for stumbling across this blog. Feel free to contact me with questions, especially if you’re part of the Fulbright community or are thinking of applying!
Until next time…. 🙂
PS: If you’re really bored and really have nothing else to read, I kept a blog about my study abroad experience in Ankara, Turkey, which you can find here: “Turkish Musings” blog