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@the_fulbright_program vision is to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs, thereby increasing the chances that we can live in a world with a little less conflict.

I’ve been honored to serve my country and that vision every day here, just by living my life. 🇺🇸🇹🇼 Yes, I miss tacos desperately. But the kindness of the people and constant opportunities to learn are worth it.

It's worth noting that the first line of my Fulbright application recounted a conversation I had with Dr. Stuart Chepey, who taught me for many years at Parish. We were lucky to have him and so many other teachers to open our minds to all the complexity and beauty our world offers.

Thanks for giving me the chance to share a little piece of my life with you! Stay in touch! If anyone knows a way to smuggle a taco 🌮 into Taiwan, you'll forever be my hero ;) Zai jien (goodbye)! I’ve included an array of pics and vids, including: Taiwanese and expat friends, people from home visiting, and my quick trips to Thailand and Vietnam (because they are both so close). Again, the scenery is beautiful, but the people are truly stunning. I will definitely cry when I have to leave them.

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For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve had some amazing adventures since graduating from @depauwu (Greencastle, IN) in 2013.

For a few years I led tech and data analytics projects for a consulting firm. Our work for the State of Indiana effectively decreased Indiana’s rates for infant mortality, tax fraud, and criminal recidivism. 📊💼 In 2015 I left the corporate world to spend a few winters as a ski instructor in Beaver Creek, CO. 🏔⛷ During the summers I returned to @clh_indian_springs in Burnet, TX. 😎🏕 Of course my parents, bosses, mentors freaked when I told them my plan to leave my great job in Indy. Most thought I’d graduate and follow some cookie cutter path to success. The truth is: I have everything I need. I make a good living, my office is wonderful, and I'm surrounded by good, loving, hardworking people. Without each twist and turn, my Fulbright application might not have been successful, and I wouldn’t be as happy as I am today.

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Tonight my friends and I are headed for a night on the town, but first we have to take out the trash. Taiwan is known for its innovative recycling program. We live on an island, so there is not much space for waste. A few years ago the government instituted a program where citizens are required to separate trash, recycling, and compost, and throw it in separate trucks ourselves. Throughout the day, you hear classical music playing in the streets, and similar to how in America we might think the ice cream truck is near, in Taiwan we know to walk outside with our trash. Here we are hanging with the locals waiting for our truck, which usually comes at 7:15pm. Don’t accidentally throw a recyclable item in the trash - the workers will publicly shame you / yell at you, or perhaps even make you pay a fine! It’s amazing how little waste you create when you have to take care of it yourself! #islandvibes

Living in Taiwan has opened my eyes to a totally different part of the world. But it’s also made me so grateful for America and some of the luxuries we have.

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On Fridays I teach my 4th graders. I'm the only native English speaker in the school, so sometimes it can get lonely. But these kids make every quiet moment, every bite of stinky tofu (a smelly Taiwanese delicacy), and every squatty potty (look it up) worth it. We try to fill class with activities, laughter, and language they can use.

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From @parishalumni takeover - Ni hao! I’m Sara Scully, Parish ‘09. I’m currently spending a year in Taiwan teaching English to elementary school kids. I’m actually 13 hours ahead of y’all in Texas.. aka it’s almost Fri-yay here 🎉. I’m walking home from my Chinese class, and after 8 months I can order rice at a restaurant and actually get rice (sometimes I wound up with noodles, chicken, tea 🤣). I'm looking forward to sharing a bit about my life here when I wake up tomorrow!

Taiwan has beautiful scenery, but the country's most beautiful aspect is its kind people. These first photos give you a tiny peek into my day-to-day. Feel free to ask any questions throughout my takeover!

#parishalumni #alumnitakeover #fulbright #fulbrighttaiwan #TexastoTaiwan

Ni hao! I’m Sara Scully, Parish ‘09. I’m currently spending a year in Taiwan teaching English to elementary school kids. I’m actually 13 hours ahead of y’all in Texas.. aka it’s almost Fri-yay here 🎉. I’m walking home from my Chinese class, and after 8 months I can order rice at a restaurant and actually get rice (sometimes I wound up with noodles, chicken, tea 🤣). I'm looking forward to sharing a bit about my life here when I wake up tomorrow!

Taiwan has beautiful scenery, but the country's most beautiful aspect is its kind people. These first photos give you a tiny peek into my day-to-day. Feel free to ask any questions throughout my takeover!

#parishalumni #alumnitakeover #fulbright #fulbrighttaiwan #TexastoTaiwan

Thank you for talking to me when I feel sick and can’t sleep! 遇見你是多麼的幸運和快樂

Come back to Texas soon or I will come there! 😘
#texastotaiwan #幸運

101 reasons why I love taiwan #texastotaiwan

We said good-bye to our precious friends today! It was a fun and full week with the Bleecker family here! Our hearts our full and thankful that you would come and encourage our family and reach out to the Taiwanese people! Thank you TVC for releasing them to come!!#texastotaiwan #encouraged #thankyoujesusforfriendslikefamily

This guy aka Dylan aka probably one of mine and Andrew's dearest friend aka Kyle aka @jennyhuang0121's beloved aka @dmgraves94 has left the country to Taiwan for 6 whole months to be with his love and study, return then soon after leave again for Grad school. What the actual Heck? Where did the time go? We love you Dylan and Jenny and cannot wait until you guys return! #DYYYLAN #texastotaiwan #dontforasecondthinkyourebetterthanme #mindtheminimal #dylnny

We received a precious envelope in the mail today!! Filled with prayers from Kids Village- we were moved to laughter and tears! This made family devo extra special tonight! Thanks for loving us so well TVC! #thevillagechurch #texastotaiwan

So fun/ incredible blessing hanging out with these Texans this week! The word "y'all" can bring warmth to my heart!! #texastotaiwan

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