College is All About Community, Students Say

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Finding a college that allows students to express their individuality while remaining a part of a community is essential, entrants to University Language Services’ scholarship contest say.

College is about creating a space where being a part of a student community on campus means not only belonging to something, but also celebrating individual differences, according to students who entered the fall 2010 scholarship photo contest sponsored by University Language Services.

Hundreds of students submitted photos that they felt represented college best, and the theme of belonging and unity was pervasive. Nowhere was this more evident than in the winning entries:

  •     1st Place: Sarah Hollenbeck, 2010 graduate of Green Hope High School in Morrisville, N.C. Her photo of the Free Expression Tunnel at North Carolina State University depicts the space allotted for legal graffiti on campus and the importance of having such a space for bringing together the NCSU community.
  •     2nd Place: David Matthews, 2011 graduate of Stevenson High School in Pebble Beach, Calif. His photo of the marching band practicing on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder portrays “a community, a group where everyone shares a common interest and can forget their differences.”
  •     3rd Place: Matthew Gilman, 2011 graduate of St. David's School in Raleigh, N.C. His photo of the famous “shoe tree” on the campus of the University of Minnesota illustrates the “diverse college campus atmosphere, with students from all different backgrounds.”

And why is community so important?

“Without feeling like you belong to a college community, you don’t get the total experience. And that’s what I like about college – everybody here is a lot more accepting, unlike high school, which was very cliquish,” Hollenbeck says.

University Language Services awarded Hollenbeck a $500 college scholarship. Matthews and Gilman each received $100 scholarships.

Profiles of the scholarship winners are available at along with the photos selected as honorable mentions and 101 of University Language Services’ other favorites from this contest.

Visit for the upcoming announcement of a new scholarship contest.

About University Language Services:

Since 1983, ULS has specialized in the translation of academic transcripts, records and personal documents. In addition, the ULS website 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 make the most of the college experience.

ULS translates, transcribes and interprets 157 languages and dialects from its international headquarters in New York City and affiliated offices around the world.

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