China Alumni Update by Shuodong Liu

China Alumni Update by Shuodong Liu

I’m very pleased to share some of my post-Global UGRAD stories here, some brand-new experiences during the past 10 months. Since I went back to China after my exchange life in Detroit, I graduated from university in June 2017 with a bachelor degree of engineering. I eventually didn’t choose electrical engineering as my career direction. I believe that my exchange life …

Cambodia Alumni Update by Maneth Nay

Cambodia Alumni Update by Maneth Nay

“Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival 4,” is the largest STEM festival in Cambodia initiated by Mr. Allen Tan, Managing Director at STEM Cambodia Organization. As a board director at STEM Cambodia Organization, my team and I organized the Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival 4, which is known as CSEF4 on March 1-3, 2018 at the Olympic National Stadium in Cambodia …

Friendships: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Friendships: Looking Back and Looking Forward

When first arriving in the United States, it can be hard to breakthrough those superficial boundaries and develop deep connections with Americans. Of course as our Global UGRAD students have found, the effort is always worth it. Each semester our students forge beautiful, rewarding friendships. Now, as another semester comes to an end, and our Global UGRAD students wave goodbye …

Alumni Edition: Where is my UGRAD Post Now?

Alumni Edition: Where is my UGRAD Post Now?

Johanny Amaya Melgar, Honduras, Global UGRAD 2015-16 at Emporia State University From where I stand today – at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras – I help to empower the most vulnerable youth in my community through English language, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. It’s incredible to see these youth actually smiling and dreaming of a better future, with them in it. …

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

All Hands on Deck! Stories of Community Service – Part II

A few months ago, we shared inspiring stories about the volunteer work of several of our fall semester participants. Now, as the spring semester rapidly draws to a close, we’re excited to highlight our current Global UGRAD participants and how they’re getting on with their community service hours. From tutoring and after-school care to event coordination and more, Global UGRADs …

Malaysia Alumni Update: Moris Deri’s Political Activism

I was on the Global UGRAD Program during one of the best periods in modern history – the 58th Quadrennial U.S. Presidential Election which saw the most spectacular power transition in the White House – where I learned and grew tremendously. From interning at the Hennepin County Government in Minneapolis as an absentee ballot counting agent for the UOCAVA, to …

Sustainable Food Growth: a Q&A with Seongeun Lee and Dr. Butler

Sustainable Food Growth: a Q&A with Seongeun Lee and Dr. Butler

To celebrate Earth Day, World Learning interviewed Global UGRAD student Seongeun Lee and her professor Dr. David M. Butler regarding their experiences in the Organic and Sustainable Crop Production course at The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). Seongeun is from South Korea studying Plant Biotechnology and Political Science, and Dr. Butler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plants. …

Earth Day Photo Story

Earth Day Photo Story

This month, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Throughout April, we will try to become more aware of our environmental impact and how we can do our part to respect the Earth, appreciate its beauty, and keep it clean for generations to come. To demonstrate our commitment to the Earth, Global UGRAD students submitted photos and short stories of …

For the Love of Language

This month’s Global Gazette shines a light on Global UGRAD students who have embarked on learning multiple languages. Far from being content with mono-, bi- or even trilingualism, here are a few examples of Global UGRAD students who push themselves towards learning new languages. Leila Pyreva, Russia, University of Wisconsin Green Bay I have never thought about learning languages as my main …