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Hello, Ciao,안녕하세요, Hallo, Hola, Selamat tengahari! My name is Rachael and I am a travel enthusiast. Ever since I can remember, my parents have taken my brother, sister and I on good ol' American road trips. It's safe to say that was where my interest in new places, people and experiences was ignited. As my parents always encouraged my siblings and I to explore and ask questions, I developed a sincere curiosity for new adventures. In addition to seeing much of the United States with my favorite travel companions (my family), I had the opportunity to spend a semester in Rome, Italy, as well as a semester in Seoul, South Korea during my college career. Now, I am honored to be taking part in a Fulbright ETA Scholarship to Malaysia for a year! My family's favorite motto is "Life is all about the journey, not the destination." I invite you to join along in my journey of cultural exchange and mutual understanding in Malaysia! After all, the more, the merrier.

Friday, February 1, 2013

When one experience ends, another is just beginning...

Life in Malaysia may have come to a close,
but another experience is just beginning...
My journey in Malaysia has concluded, but I know another chapter of my life is just beginning. I look forward to what lies ahead, because I know every experience leads to another. I am enthusiastic to see what adventures are in store for me, right here, at home in America.

Thank you for joining me on my Fulbright journey this year! You were a wonderful travel companion and I very much enjoyed sharing my experiences with you. Although this officially marks the end of my Fulbright journey and my Fulbright blog posts, I will be featuring some simple Q & A posts. Since my arrival home, I have been receiving a plethora of awesome questions. In the weeks and months ahead, if you have questions, please feel free to email me at rachaelchesley@gmail.com. I will feature them in my Q&A series.

Sharing my experiences with you this year has been such a blessing and a gift.

Until next time, thank you!


  1. What wonderful memories you have. You must be so proud of all the young lives you have touched. They could not have had a better role model. So proud of you.

  2. I was late for your "goodbyes". February not such a good month for me, and just getting around to catching up. I always tell people they need to travel over the oceans to a country not our own.... so they can appreciate our country that much more. You've done that...in a big big way. I wonder who learned more in your teachings... you or your students.
    Love ya Rachael.... and love the woman you've become! :)

  3. Hello! I feel a little creepy commenting on this since it is from 2 years ago. I am leaving to go to Malaysia in January through Fulbright and have been reading a few of your posts today. They are super helpful and make me more excited to go! I was wondering if I could email you a couple of questions? My email address (super long, I apologize) is kayla.sweeney325@topper.wku.edu.