Monthly Archives: May 2020

From ESL to Undergrad: Winning Outstanding ESL Student of the Year is Only the Beginning for Zahraa

Let’s hear it for Zahraa, the first-ever winner of the Outstanding ESL Student of the Year Award! At the end of Spring 2020, Zahraa received a cash prize of $100. Zahraa, who is from Iraq, completed her first semester at UTC as an English as a Second Language student. She worked hard to improve her English, and this fall, she has returned to UTC as a biology major. During

Congratulations, Chenyu! CGE’s First Outstanding International Undergraduate Student of the Year

We’re so proud of Chenyu, the first-ever recipient of the Outstanding International Undergraduate Student of the Year Award! At the end of Spring 2020, Chenyu received a cash prize of $500. Chenyu is from China and just completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at UTC. He is a dedicated student and even made the Dean’s List while staying engaged with extracurricular activities, such as volunteering at the Chattanooga

Congratulations, Miette! CGE’s First Outstanding Study Abroad Student of the Year

We’re so excited for Miette, the winner of our first-ever Outstanding Study Abroad Student of the Year Award! At the end of Spring 2020, Miette received a cash prize of $500. Miette is a Chattanooga local. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from UTC and is now pursuing her MBA. Miette has spent time in a whopping eight countries during her time at UTC. In addition to

Our First Outstanding International Graduate Student of the Year

Let’s give it up for Shahab, the first-ever winner of the Outstanding International Graduate Student of the Year Award! Shahab will receive a cash prize of $500. Shahab, who is from Iran, came to UTC in Fall 2019 to pursue his PhD in computational science. His focus is computational engineering. Shahab has worked hard all year, and he is still at it. This summer, he will travel to Sweden to

Amazing Opportunity and Life Changing Experience

This trip to Cape Town, South Africa was my first time traveling to the African continent. Although it was a long flight to Cape Town the experience was worth the jet lag. This trip has changed my life through the amazing opportunities that I was able to experience on this trip. The course that is associated with this trip was designed to increase our educational awareness of international and

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Cape Town: A City of Wealth and Poverty

During my stay in Cape Town, South Africa, I was exposed to many different people in many different regions. At a glance, visitors in Cape town will see the clean, safe walkways of the Virginia and Alfred Waterfront, and brand new Porche 911s and G Wagons parked in the Camp Bay area. While these areas of South Africa are very pleasurable to visit, it does not illustrate the true

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Fortune Favors the Flexible

The most valuable learning experience from my (albeit brief) study abroad experience was to be flexible and open-minded. 4 weeks before I was slated to leave for Tokyo, I was informed that my trip was being cancelled due to the rapidly worsening situation resulting from COVID-19. The next day, I was offered an alternative program in London instead, but I had to be in London in less than 5

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