i've read some of the postings on this part of the site and it seems like people feel like the whole study abroad topic is overdone. anyone willing to review my ideas/thoughts below and give some advice?
I was thinking about writing about my recent nine month Fulbright fellowship in India to study cultural fusion and narratives of diasporic identity in Indian cinema (i am half Indian, half filipina, raised in NYC, constantly passing for latina, arab and half-black, so issues of diapora and identification have always been a big theme in my work) I was going to write about how I found riding the local trains everyday in Bombay to be the most challenging, but also the most meaningful of my Indian experiences (it's actually kind of crazy in India...riding the trains is like completing an obstacle course, it is an athletic event that requires a strategic eye, endless patience and incredible tolerance. it is also a very interesting social space). I was going to talk about the privilege of mobility and perhaps extend the idea of mobility beyond the physical - to take mobility to refer to things such as moving between cultures, between arguements (negotiation), between communities, etc...and somehow relate how the challenge of riding Mumbai's local trains offered a lesson that shed some insight onto my academic research into diasporas/migrations...Does this sound too convoluted and wierd?
I also was wondering if you guys think I should address my career change...I am an artist and photographer. I have a degree from Yale in English, which seems to be one of the typical pre-law majors, but I went on to get an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia, and my Fulbright was essentiially an art/film/photography grant. My experience in India changed me and I came back wanting to go to law school, but I fear if I write about that my PS will be another boring why-i-want-to-go-to-law-school essay.