Study Abroad Contest Winners Announced; Students Share Inspiration

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The winners of University Language Services’ latest study abroad photo contest were inspired by their immersion in unfamiliar cultures.

Study abroad is a pivotal experience in many college students’ lives. This year’s competition gave college students worldwide the opportunity to submit photos that captured the personal significance of their decision to study overseas.

More than 550 students entered the competition this year, and more than 11,800 people voted for their favorite entries. The judging panel noted that the quality of this year’s entries was especially high.

● Winner: Henrietta Conrad, the grand prize winner, has been awarded a $500 scholarship. Henrietta’s winning entry was inspired by the strength of its subject, an Afro-Brazilian woman standing in her doorway in Salvador, Brazil. Henrietta writes, “What grabs me the most is her body language: confident, proud, warm, and welcoming.” Henrietta intends to use her newfound Portuguese-language skills in her future business career. She is a member of the class of 2016 at Carnegie Mellon University.

●2nd place: Shirley Zhao’s second-place winning entry captured pigeons in flight above a mosque in Old Delhi, India. She writes, “I chose this photo because it was a period of extreme tranquility for me amidst the howling madness of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and emotions.” Shirley is a member of the Babson College Class of 2016.

●3rd place: Elena Herfi documented a moment of reflection in Casablanca, Morocco. She writes, “It wasn’t until I arrived in Morocco on that scorching July afternoon that I realized my Arabic lived only in textbooks.” Eleni is a member of the Michigan State University Class of 2014.

Honorable mentions awarded:

  •     Carrie Blackeye, class of 2013 at Southern Utah University
  •     Nicole DeMarco, class of 2015 at College of Charleston
  •     Mara Denny, class of 2014 at Florida State University
  •     Mary Farr, class of 2014 at the University of Georgia
  •     Stephanie Long, class of 2016 at the University of Arkansas
  •     Andrew Noonoo, class of 2015 at Colombia University
  •     Stephanie Ogwo, class of 2015 at Duke University
  •     Rebecca Rosenthal, class of 2015 at Claremont McKenna College
  •     Victoria Russo, class of 2016 at Syracuse University
  •     Michelle Saucier, class of 2015 at Georgia Southern University
  •     Jaclyn Tolchin, class of 2014 at the University of Michigan
  •     Liliana Urbain, class of 2014 at Lewis and Clark College

The record interest in the competition this year is testament to the growing recognition that study abroad is a valuable learning experience that develops cross-cultural awareness, encourages personal growth and positions students to succeed in a competitive global economy.

Profiles of the scholarship contest winners will be posted on the University Language Services website at

In addition, the winning photos, honorable mentions (, and University Language’s other favorite photos from this contest will be displayed on the ULS Facebook (, Twitter ( and Pinterest ( accounts.

University Language will announce another scholarship contest in the coming weeks.

About University Language Services:

Since 1983, ULS has specialized in the translation of academic transcripts, records and personal documents. ULS provides assistance to students in the United States and abroad – from deciding on where to attend college, to writing applications, scheduling classes or searching for a job, ULS helps students make the most of their college experience.

ULS translates, transcribes and interprets more than 150 languages and dialects from its international headquarters in New York City and affiliated offices around the world.

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