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d a o r b A y Stud rnational Programs and Ser vices A Newsletter from the Center for Inte Spring 2014 What a Semester in Morocco Taught Me Important Dates By Mai Orsino April 2 Fulbright Program Workshop 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. · UC Senate Chambers (Room 261) I recently graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History with a minor in International Studies. I spent my final semester studying abroad in Ifrane, Morocco, with the help of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship among other scholarships. This wasn’t my first study abroad trip but there was something about Morocco that got me thinking about my history and myself. I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. My mother was one of the many displaced persons due to the Vietnam War. Eventually we moved back to Vietnam once the remnants of the war had settled. From there, I lived on my grandfather’s farm until my mother sent me off to a Catholic boarding school somewhere in the city. My family immigrated to America in 1999. Richmond, Virginia, was our first stop but after living there for about six months, we realized that Richmond was not the right place for a struggling immigrant family; thus, we took the train down to Memphis, Tennessee. Pushing through one family setback after another, I graduated high school at White Station High a year early and applied to the University of Memphis. Four years later and 21 years from that Thai refugee camp, I graduated Magna Cum Laude as a double major and a minor with University Honors and to top that off, a senior thesis on “The Social Construction of French Identity: Re-Examining the French Debate on Muslim Integration.” During my studies at the University of Memphis, I had the opportunity to spend spring break of my junior year studying Afro- Brazilian history and culture in Salvador, Brazil, thanks to the Study Abroad (Cont’d on next page) March 1 Summer, Fall and Academic Year Program and Scholarship Application Deadlines April 9 Critical Language Scholarship Workshop 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. · UC Senate Chambers (Room 261) April 16 Boren Scholarship Workshop 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. · UC Senate Chambers (Room 261) March 20 Holi Festival of Colors Hosted by the International Student Association 3:00 p.m. · UC Lawn Traditionally observed in India and Nepal, this will be a celebration of love and colors. April 18 Summer Pre-departure Orientation 1:00 p.m. · UC Ballroom April 25 Fall & Academic Year Pre-departure Orientation 1:00 p.m. · UC Senate Chamber (Room 261) August 1 Early Spring Semester & Winter Break Scholarship Application Deadlines You can also keep up with important dates and the latest news at

Study Abroad - Spring 2014 Newsletter

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