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University Language Services

Spring 2008 University Scholarship Essay Contest

University Language Services awarded its first university scholarships in the spring of 2008.

The number and quality of essays written by students who had studied in two or more countries was impressive.

The scholarship essay contest topic for spring 2008 was:

“Based on your personal experience, what is the biggest difference between attending school in the United States and outside the United States? How has that difference affected, for better or worse, your education?”

Attending schools in the United States and Korea, SoRi Jang learned to adjust quickly to new environments. She also learned the importance of expressing herself, even as others expected her to blend in with the crowd.

“I am stronger and more independent than I ever was,” she wrote. “I still cannot say I have found myself entirely, but I can say that I am on my way, with a good start.”

SoRi Jang, won the $500 grand prize scholarship in University Language Services’ first scholarship essay contest. The resident of Centerville, Ohio, spent much of her childhood in Korea.

University Language Services received submissions from students who attended schools throughout the US and in dozens of countries on six continents.

Congratulations to all of the winners! Read their essays here:

One winner received a $500 scholarship:

Three runners-up each received a $100 scholarship:

  • 1st Runner Up: Jacqueline Villadsen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (studied in France and the US)
  • 2nd Runner Up: Xiaochen Su, Yale University (studied in Japan and the US)
  • 3rd Runner Up: Carmen Damazio-Medeiros, Florida International University (studied in Brazil and the US)

Three essays were awarded honorable mention:

  • Nicholas Balthrop, University of Portland (studied in Sweden and the US)
  • Roselyn Castillo, University of Pittsburgh (studied in Venezuela and the US)
  • Amanda Crawley, Cabrillo Community College (Aptos, CA) (studied in Slovakia and the US)

Other essays of note were:

  • Seyram Adorka, University of Florida (studied in Lesotho and the US)
  • Scott Nguy, University of California- San Francisco (studied in Hong Kong, England and the US)
  • Heather Otto, Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts (studied in New Zealand and the US)
  • Ali R. Wolters, University of San Diego (studied in Uganda and the US)

Read the official rules.