ISSS essay contest 2015

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

When you chose to study at Illinois, were you excited about the idea of “discovery”? What did you think you would find out about yourself? What do you know now that you didn’t know back then? If you restarted your journey knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?

In honor of International Education Week (April 6-10), we invite you to participate in the ISSS Essay Contest. To enter, please submit a short essay (500-750 words) answering the prompt above. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place, and your essay will be published in the ISSS blog.

2015 winners


First Place: Trang thi Nguyen, Vietnam

A New Way of Life

Second Place: Jae Yeon Lee, South Korea

My Valiant Journey

Honorable mention: Xinye Li, China

Obstacles are not the World

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