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Shaping Her Values: Kelsey Tyler

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

Yale University campus

Kelsey Tyler isn’t afraid to embrace change.

“Incorporating different perspectives,” she says, is an important part of who she is.

She’s eagerly anticipating learning new things in college, as well as “interacting with new people in a completely different environment and culture.”

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Finding Independence: Alisa Vinje

Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

University of North Dakota campus

What is high school junior Alisa Vinje looking forward to most when she enters college?

“It may sound weird,” she says, “but I’m definitely most excited for the classes.”

Alisa plans to study mass communications with a minor in Japanese. She likes “the idea of analyzing advertisements and media as well as figuring out how people are affected by these outlets.” Alisa also loves the idea of creating for a wide audience.

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Looking Toward the Future: Wesley Adrianson

Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2012 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

Student looking at Golden Gate Bridge

High school senior Wesley Adrianson has high standards for colleges – and he can size up a campus in just a few hours.

Wesley recently won the grand prize in University Language Services’ fall 2012 scholarship contest for his photo of the University of California, Berkeley, and his essay which compared universities to bridges. An apt comparison, as Wesley plans to major in engineering.

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Studying in Spain Inspires More Travel Plans

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2012 under Scholarships, Student Profiles, Study Abroad

Person bungee jumping in Switzerland

For Ava Macchiaverna, studying abroad in Spain was a no-brainer due to her interest in the Spanish language.

But it was her trip to Switzerland, and the accompanying photo taken 450 feet above a lake in the Swiss Alps, that won her the grand prize in University Language Services’ spring 2012 study abroad scholarship contest.

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Learning Lessons on Culture in the US

Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2012 under International Students, Student Profiles, Study Abroad

Plane above the Pacific Ocean

Kotchaphorn Mangkalaphiban came from Chiangmai,Thailand, to the US to study abroad. During her time in the US, she has been able to look past the many cultural differences, eventually gaining the life experiences she was seeking.

Kotcha’s photo was taken on an airplane above the Pacific Ocean, and it won second place in our recent study abroad scholarship contest.

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Lemons in Italy Remind Jenna Lanzaro to Live in the Moment

Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2012 under Scholarships, Student Profiles, Study Abroad

Lemon grove in Sorrento, Italy

For Jenna Lanzaro, studying abroad in Italy has done more than just allow her to get to know her Italian-American heritage. This college student from Commack, N.Y., was struck by the relaxed feel of Italy, which contrasts with the fast pace of her home state.

This observation helped her win third place in University Language Services’ spring 2012 study abroad scholarship contest.

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Taking Root in College: Marisa Draper

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

Roots of a tree at the University of Virginia

For Marisa Draper, a high school senior at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Va., the life cycle of a tree serves as a useful analogy in understanding the college experience. Like the tree in her photo, college students must take root and grow.

Draper’s photo of a tree at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, won her 2nd place in the fall 2011 ULS scholarship photo contest.

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Walking Through a New Door: Jordan Capizola

Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2011 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

Heyden Observatory at Georgetown University

With dreams of becoming a US diplomat, it seems only natural that high school senior Jordan Capizola is set on attending college in the nation’s capital.

Life in Washington, DC, may be quite a change for Jordan, the 3rd place winner of the fall 2011 ULS scholarship photo contest, but she is ready and eager to take on all that comes with attending college in a big city.

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Heading Down a New Path: Hadley Swartz

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2011 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

Family walking away down a path

For high school senior Hadley Swartz, college is the chance to forge her own path full of learning, new experiences and increased independence.

Hadley, the 1st place winner of the fall 2011 ULS scholarship photo contest, may be wary of leaving the comforts of home behind, but she is looking forward to embarking on the journey.

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Challenges in China: Jason Loose

Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2011 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

Jason Loose doesn’t make any pretenses about the difficulties he faced in his time abroad in China, but the experience was ultimately a valuable one.

His time abroad gave him new perspectives on the reality in China, allowed him to hone his Chinese language skills and proved to be the perfect opportunity to unite his two majors in Chinese and sustainability. The experience proved to be so inspiring that he plans on heading back to study in China again.

His prize-winning photo of Beijing restaurant workers shows how his time abroad gave him a new perspective on his life at home.

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Making it to Machu Picchu: Amber Kubik

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2011 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

As an international studies major, it only makes sense that Amber Kubik is all about exploring the world. She has already backpacked Europe and Mexico, but Machu Picchu was calling her name when it came to choosing a study-abroad destination.

Check out Amber’s winning photograph, which symbolizes her interest in cultural diversity and awareness.

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Learning La Dolce Vita: Alexia Beghi

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

When Alexia Beghi set out to spend nearly a year abroad in Florence, she was prepared to enjoy the romance, beauty, culture and food that she knew the Italian city had to offer.

What she wasn’t expecting, however, was the extent to which studying abroad would change her as a person.

“I had more life-changing experiences in one year than I could have ever imagined,” Alexia explained.

Find out how living in Italy changed Alexia’s outlook on life – and take a look at her grand prize winning photo in University Language Services’ spring 2011 scholarship contest.

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The Shoe Tree Experience: Matthew Gilman

Posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

Matthew Gilman was looking for something very specific from the college he plans to attend — a place where “everyone works together to build a collaborative learning community and students get inside instruction from each other, as well as their professors.”

According to him, liberal arts schools are where students should turn to to find just that diverse college community.

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Big Dreams of a Big School: David Matthews

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

Going to a big university has always been David Matthews’ dream.

His photo of the marching band practicing on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder captures the atmosphere of the large college community that he’s after.

See the photo that won him a scholarship, and find out what advice he has for students trying to find their ideal school!

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A Home Away From Home: Sarah Hollenbeck

Posted on Monday, November 1st, 2010 under Scholarships, Student Profiles

Sarah Hollenbeck knew what she was looking for when she visited North Carolina State University — and what it took to win the grand prize of the fall 2010 University Language Services scholarship contest.

“I wanted to go to a school in which I felt at home,” Sarah said.

And at NCSU, she found it.

Check out her winning photo and what college means to her.

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