Na primeira pessoa, Violeta Carvalho partilha connosco a sua experiência Fulbright. Ao abrigo de uma Bolsa Fulbright para Investigação com o apoio da FCT (22/23) e no âmbito do seu doutoramento em Mechanical Engineering da Universidade do Minho, Violeta desenvolveu parte da sua pesquisa em Harvard University, Medical School, MA, EUA.


«These past five months in Boston were an incredible period of learning and growth, both professionally and personally. I am truly grateful to have had this experience, which, despite its brevity, was undeniably enriching. Working alongside a team of exceptional researchers from renowned universities from all over the world was a privilege, and their invaluable guidance and support throughout my research meant a lot to me. This experience allowed me to expand my professional network and establish valuable partnerships. Furthermore, the intellectual exchanges, collaborative projects, and multicultural interactions have broadened my horizons. Beyond the academic accomplishments, Boston itself holds a special place in my heart. I fell in love with the city, its vibrant culture, and the warmth of its people. I will miss my runs through nature, the daily crossing of the Charles River bridge with a breath-taking view of the city, and the kind bus driver who greeted me with a smile and well-wishes each day. I will also miss my Saturday shopping at Haymarket which reminded me of my hometown in Portugal. Moreover, I established new friendships with fellow scholars and colleagues from around the globe which have been truly transformative. In addition, I had the opportunity to travel across the United States, immersing myself in American culture and creating cherished memories.

Furthermore, I am immensely grateful to the Massachusetts Fulbright Association for hosting remarkable events that allowed me to connect with Fulbrighters from around the world.

Throughout this journey, I also encountered moments of failure and uncertainty, but they ultimately became opportunities for personal growth and learning. Every challenge I faced, contributed to my development, and I am grateful for the lessons learned and the valuable knowledge gained during my scholarship. I am now returning to Portugal with a completely different outlook on the world and the future.

To conclude, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Fulbright Portugal for providing and supporting me with this exceptional and holistic experience and for welcoming me into their remarkable community. I am forever grateful for the opportunity and the lasting impact it has had on my life.».


Thank you, Violeta, for being part of this wide and friendly community, welcome back!