By Alejandra Fuentes
The Unexpected Visitor:
It was a tranquil afternoon; I was enjoying a cup of tea while scrolling through my emails. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. Curiosity piqued; I opened it to find a lady before me. To my surprise, she introduced herself as a fellow from 2019, she shared that she had lived in the very house that I now called home for the next 3 weeks. She came to visit the town and she thought to pass by the place that led her to many memories, and found me!
We both agreed that embarking on this fellowship program has been an incredible adventure filled with unforgettable experiences and personal growth. From savoring culinary delights at the renowned Massachusetts University kitchen to immersing myself in the vibrant world of Broadway in NY, this journey has truly been a dream come true. Along the way, I have been empowered as a professional, surrounded by inspiring individuals in an environment that fosters growth and success.
An Inspiring Host with Girl Boss Vibes:
The fellowship program provided me with an amazing host, the Director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Working alongside her, I have witnessed firsthand the power of strong leadership and the impact it can have on a team. Her belief in my abilities and unwavering support have been instrumental in my personal and professional growth.
The Power of Networking:
Throughout my fellowship, I have had the opportunity to network with a diverse range of individuals, each bringing their own unique perspectives and expertise. These interactions have proven invaluable, opening doors to new opportunities and inspiring collaborations. Through networking, I have learned the importance of building meaningful connections, as they can lead to unexpected pathways and professional growth.
The fellowship program has been one of the best experiences of my life, every moment has been a testament to the limitless possibilities that await those who dare to dream. I am grateful for the empowering environment, the support of my host, and the chance to broaden my horizons. This journey has been an affirmation of my capabilities and a reminder that with passion, dedication, and the courage to seize opportunities, I can create a future that surpasses my wildest dreams. I would recommend this program to any woman who wants to change her life and her career, it is a life-changing experience that you will never forget.
All opinions expressed by the program participants are their own and do not represent nor reflect official views from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, or of the Institute for Training and Development, Inc.