International Hospitality Committee
ISSS essay contest
2014 Essay Contest Topic
An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.
We may think we have ourselves figured out. We are a daughter, a son, a sister, a brother, a friend, a student, a teacher, a writer, and so many other things. Sometimes, when you travel to a new place and experience a new culture, the ideas that you have about yourself and your identity may be challenged and you may find yourself thinking about your identity differently. Share a story about a time that you may have felt this way after moving to the US and what you learned from the experience. How did you deal with it? Did it shape you in some way?
In honor of International Education Week in Illinois (March 31 – April 6), we invite you to participate in the ISSS Essay Contest. To enter, please submit a short essay (750-1000 words) answering the prompt above. Winning essays will be published on the ISSS website.
For details on how to enter, please download entry form.