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COVID-19 Chronicles: Stories from Fulbright Finland Grantees

A special narratives project, COVID-19 Chronicles: Stories from Fulbright Finland Grantees, aims to highlight the narratives of grantees who experienced an interruption in their grant term and at the same time chronicle and preserve this exceptional moment in history. The voices and stories serve as an important archive that allows our community to look back on and remember the impact that this global pandemic had on our Fulbright Finland Foundation community.

Stay tuned, we will add more narratives on this page!

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Jordan Banks

Jordan Banks is a 2019-2020 Fulbright-LUT University Graduate awardee. In her story, The Roller Coaster Ride, she describes the evolution of how the pandemic impacted her Fulbright journey and decision to travel back to the U.S. like a roller coaster ride.

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David Carranza

David Carranza is a 2019-2020 Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate awardee. He will complete a master's degree in Public and Global Health at Tampere University. Read David's story, Schrödinger's Lockdown, as he describes the paradoxes he experienced while in COVID-19 lockdown in Finland. 

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John Donnellan

John Donnellan is a 2019-2020 Fulbright-TUAS Scholar awardee and 2017-2018 Fulbright Specialist. In his story, he describes how the pandemic impacted his Fulbright Finland experience in Turku and his battle with COVID-19 symptoms: Tranquility Interrupted – My Fulbright Semester in Finland.

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David Dorman

David Dorman is a 2019-2020 Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grantee in Health and Environmental Sciences. Although his visit to the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio was hastily interrupted, he continued teaching and mentoring students online. Read his story Launching a Finnish Fulbright in the Time of COVID.

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William Helling

William Helling is a 2019-2020 and 2013-2014 Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award awardee. Read Williams's story, From Great Anticipation to Considerable Disruption, as he describes his smooth integration into Finland and his quick exit out of Finland in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brittany Perry

Brittany Perry is a 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Program awardee. In her story, Any Corner of the World, she describes how COVID-19 impacted her Fulbright journey and the difficult decisions she had to make to take care of her mental well-being.

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Maedeh Pourrabi

Maedeh Pourrabi is a 2019-2020 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grantee. Read her heartfelt spoken word poem An Opportunity Lost

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Ann Ransom

Ann Ransom is a 2019-2020 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grantee. Read her story No Dead Ends in Learning as she describes stepping out her comfort zone in Finland and learning from her grant being cut short by the pandemic.

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Natalia Särmäkari

Natalia Särmäkari is a 2019-2020 ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow at Parsons School of Design in New York City. In her story, Peculiar Corona-Spring in New York, she shares her experiences living in New York with her family when the pandemic arrived in the U.S.

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Jacob Schubbe

Jacob Schubbe is a 2019-2020 Fulbright-LUT University Graduate awardee. In his story Should I Stay... or Should I Go? he shares his thoughts on deciding to return to the U.S. and eventually traveling back to Finland in June.

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Kelsea Turner

Kelsea Turner is a 2019-2020 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grantee. Read her story Half as Long, but Just as Powerful, as she reflects on her self-development despite a shortened time in Finland.