Researching Flooding and Cyclones

Researching Flooding and Cyclones

While studying Disaster Science & Management and as a Global UGRAD student at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) this past semester, I had the amazing opportunity to present my research paper at the American Geophysical Union Conference 2018 in Washington, DC. I was requested to present at the largest geophysical conference where people from all over the world gather to …

Closet Talk: A Panel Discussion

Closet Talk: A Panel Discussion

“Coming-out stories are always fascinating to listen to, but unfortunately I don’t have a gratifying coming out story to tell. I haven’t come out to my parents yet. I don’t know when I will.” I paused and took a deep breath. In a big hall, I was speaking in front of over 30 people. I had never been a speaker …

American Model United Nations 2018 Conference (AMUN)

American Model United Nations 2018 Conference (AMUN)

As an exchange student of International Relations (IR) at University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire (UWEC), I decided to get involved with any possible organizations both on and off campus that could enrich my educational background and shape my professional path in IR. For that, I decided to join the Model United Nations Club, having taken a related course about International Organizations at …

New Horizons: Making Art and Exploring U.S. History

New Horizons: Making Art and Exploring U.S. History

As we wrap up the semester, Global UGRAD students reflect on their experiences exploring new subjects! Khin Oo, Burma, Iowa Wesleyan University Even though my major is Business, I have been very interested in art since I was little. I also had a dream of studying art abroad. The Global UGRAD Program finally fulfilled this dream. At Iowa Wesleyan University, …

Alumni Gathering: Albania

Alumni Gathering: Albania

Once a UGRAD, always a UGRAD! On 20th of October, Albanian Global UGRAD alumni organized a meet-up. Although we have been talking with each other constantly, it was the first time that all of us, two generations (2016-17, 2017-18) of Global UGRADs in Albania, came together to share our own experiences in the U.S. We found many similarities in our …

Inclusion on Campus

Inclusion on Campus

To be an effective leader, it is important to challenge one’s assumptions of others and create spaces where traditionally silenced groups are given an opportunity to be heard. As part of World Learning’s Global UGRAD OPAL course module “Beyond Tolerance: Inclusion and Diversity Practices,” students were requested to attend an event or club meeting that serves as a space for …

Thailand Alumni Update by Petpailin Wiangnak

When I first arrived at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), it was my very first time in the U.S. I completely appreciated my life in the States. There were a lot of beautiful places and, importantly, wonderful people. This inspired me and I had told myself that I would come back someday! When I returned to my home university, I applied …

An Unforgettable Experience by Soumayani Ghoshal

The Global UGRAD experience leaves an indelible impact on each of our minds and urges us to keep following our dreams while working towards developing our community. The community service hours taught me the importance of caring and giving back to society. This inspired a group of fellow alumni and me to begin our own mini organization called the Glow …

Alumni Update: Where is my UGRAD Post Now? Panama Edition

Alumni Update: Where is my UGRAD Post Now? Panama Edition

Global UGRAD Panama REALLY loves their Global UGRAD posts, which makes us REALLY happy!  We are excited to share with you below the updates of many of our Panamanian Global UGRAD alumni. Karan Kishinani, Global UGRAD 2016-17 at Wayne State University After returning home upon the completion my Global UGRAD journey, I continued my education as a senior student at the …

IFMSA: Think Globally, Act Locally by Augusto Barón

IFMSA: Think Globally, Act Locally by Augusto Barón

My name is Augusto Barón, I’m 25 years old, and currently a medical student from Honduras. Last year, I became part of a society that would change my life: The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). IFMSA is currently the biggest and the oldest association of medical students worldwide, and Honduras managed to become a first-time member last year. …