International Student Essays
2012 "Coming to America" Essay Contest Winners
While most members of the University of Iowa and Iowa City communities are aware of the presence of international students, it is likely that relatively few have thought about the challenges and surprises faced by those who have come here from abroad. As the University seeks to increase international understanding and create a welcoming and supportive climate for international students, we can all gain by hearing the stories of the experience of transition to a new culture and way of life. The annual "Coming to America" essay contest provides a chance for international students to share what they have discovered in Coming to America.
2012 International Student Essay Contest
"Coming to America"
When first arriving at the University of Iowa, every international student encounters a unique set of events and impressions. This transition is part of the value of studying in another country, and the learning that takes place during this period of adjustment teaches important lessons. This essay contest is your chance to share your experiences in Coming to America. You are invited to write about your experiences, cross-cultural encounters (good and not-so-good), insights, thoughts, and emotions upon coming to the United States and adjusting to your new life as a UI student. Tell us your story of coming to the U.S. and the University of Iowa, including such things as the high points, low points, pleasant surprises, disappointments, confusing situations, frustrating encounters, and encouraging interactions you have had thus far.
Essays will be judged by a committee of volunteers from the University and community. Winning essays will be distributed both on and off campus, and students submitting essays agree that their essays may be used in UI publications and promotional materials.
Eligibility: Any full time University of Iowa student holding a non-immigrant F-1 or J-1 student visa may enter the contest.
Length: Essays should consist of no more than 1500 words. Essays should be written in Microsoft Word format, 12 point Times New Roman font and submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org . Make sure to include your name on your submission.
Due Date: Entry form, waiver and essay must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012. No late submissions will be considered. Click here for the entry form and waiver.
- First Prize: $200
- Second Prize: $100
- Third Prize: $50