Advice from Former Fellowship Recipients

Our former Hugh C. Morris Experiential Learning Fellowship Recipients have had amazing, transformative journeys. While you can learn all about those experiences on our website under the Journeys of Past Recipients, they have agreed to share their wisdom with future applicants.

Advice from Neil:

  • Be realistic about where this will place you, both in terms of your academic progress in your program of study and financially, and plan accordingly
  • Communicate
  • You are not going to be able to do everything you want; develop an ELP that provides the most return on investment. Quality of learning is more important than quantity.
  • Ask questions.
  • Have a backup plan.
  • Keep in touch with the participants in your ELP, as you never know when those connections will come in handy.
  • Make your own adventure but be logical in its organization. For me, it worked better to do my ELP in stages while coming back to Canada.

Advice from Theron:

  • I found┬áthat my longer (> 1 week) visits were more impactful and fostered a deeper understanding of the science than the short (~3 day) visits. If I were to do this all over again, I would probably make longer visits in fewer places.
  • Schedule breaks. It is good to have time to gather your thoughts between visits so you can take what you have learned and grow further in the next place.
  • Be prepared to adapt to last minute changes and seize opportunities as they come. There is no way that you can plan every last detail of such a long journey in advance. It will be far more enriching if you create a rough plan and fill in the specific details along the way!
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