International Student Essay Contest

International Student Essay Contest

Past Winners Pictured

Everyone has a story. We're excited to read yours!


CGPS is pleased to have hosted seven annual international student essay contests, the most recent one in collaboration with the Division of Student Life and the Graduate College. This year's winners are listed below. We appreciate all of the students who took the time to write and submit their essays in this year’s contest.
 

While 2020 was certainly a unique year for all of us, some things remain as true as ever. CGPS and many partner offices on campus have a rich tradition of welcoming international students from all parts of the world. The mission to foster international understanding and cross-cultural awareness on campus and in the community is as important as ever. The purpose of this contest is to give interested applicants an opportunity to tell their stories and share the experiences and perspectives of being an international student with the larger University community.

Essay Contest Winners

2020

ELI Students


1st Prize

Norah Almousa

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2nd Prize

Essa Nahari

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Undergraduate Students


1st Prize

Emma Perichon

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2nd Prize

Jady Young Perez

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Graduate Students


1st Prize

Sarah Coomson

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2nd Prize

Abhinav Prabhakar

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2018

ELI Students


1st Prize

Aisha Moafa (Saudi Arabia)
"My New Name is 'Practice'"

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2nd Prize

Somi Kim (South Korea)
"How did you go about understanding local customs, traditions and communication protocols?"

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Undergraduate Students


1st Prize

Carolina Gomez (Colombia)
"My First American Football Game!"

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2nd Prize

Josefina Fernandez-Davila (Peru)
Untitled

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Graduate Students


1st Prize

Fabian Martin Rempfer (Germany) 
"Bread in Deutschland"

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2nd Prize

Ashwini Sansare (India)
"People and Places"

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2017

1st Prize

John Wambui (Kenya)
"A Gentle Spectacle!"

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2nd Prize

Mehmet Altingoz (Turkey)
"Long Road to America!"

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3rd Prize

Edgar Salazar (Colombia)
"Highways? No Way!"

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2016

1st Prize

Chamath Chandrasekera
(Sri Lanka)
"The Sandwich Cononumdrum"

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2nd Prize

Xueyao Liang (China)
"From Lost to Found in Translation"

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3rd Prize

Ugochukwu Nsofor (Nigeria)
"American Wonder!"

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2015

1st Prize

Zamora Kervin (Honduras)
"From the Dirt Roads of Honduras to the Red Brick Walks of UD"

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2nd Prize

Chouhan Ashish (India)
"The Broad Horizon"

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3rd Prize

Olsson Hanna (Sweden)
"The missing suitcases – a metaphor of my life at UD"

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2014

1st Prize

Olga Parshina (Russia)
Untitled

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2nd Prize

Byron Acosta (Colombia)
"Newark: A Cozy Home to Keep Us Together"
 

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3rd Prize

Yuqing Wang (China)
"Out of Hot Water: Culture Shock in the United States"
 

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2013

1st Prize

Subramani Sockalingam (India)
Untitled

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2nd Prize

Rodrigo Moreno (Chile)
Untitled

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Honorable Mention

Karim Rebiai (Belgium)
"A New Culture - Help Me, I'm Drowning!"

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Prizes

 

Category Grand Prize Second Prize
Undgergraduate Students $500 $250
Graduate Students $500 $250
ELI Students $500 $250

Funds for winning essays will be placed into student accounts.

Essay Topic

 

Studying at a U.S. university can be a challenging yet rewarding experience for many international students. Whether you spent the fall semester online or in-person, in the U.S. or abroad, please share your personal stories and experiences about how you dealt with new ways of learning, cultural norms and values, challenges and opportunities during your time as an international student at UD and in the US. Topic ideas include:

What prepared you for this experience, who/what helped you along the way?

How did you navigate local customs, traditions and communication protocols?

What did you wish others understood better about you and your culture?

Eligibility

 

You must be an enrolled international student in Fall 2020 or Winter 2021,

maintaining F or J visa status at the University of Delaware.

Application Deadline

 

The application deadline has passed.

Document Requirements

 

Maximum of 1000 words

Typed in 12-pt size

Times New Roman font

Double spaced

1-inch margins on all sides

Includes page numbers

Permission Notice

 

By submitting your entry, you agree that your essay might be published by OISS on the web or in a publication.

 

Entries will be judged on content as well as literary style.  Please make every attempt to submit an entry free from spelling and grammatical errors, and rich in experiential content. 

 

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