Samantha Costas, C’13, a finalist in Student Diplomat Video Contest

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Sewanee student Samantha Costas, C'13, is one of five finalists in a national Student Diplomat Video Contest. Costas traveled to Cuba as part of a Sewanee-led trip.

The challenge to contestants was to tell a compelling story about how they became "student diplomats" by connecting in meaningful ways with people and cultures in other countries and by gaining global skills that will help them in their future academic studies and professional careers.

Videos from the five finalists can be viewed on the website ConnectingOurWorld.org until Nov. 27. Winners will be determined by survey votes.

The other finalists in the 2012 Student Diplomat Video Contest are:

  • Alisha Forbes of Doane College; studied in Africa (Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, Lesotho, and South Africa)
  • Ashley Feith of Marymount Manhattan College; studied in Greece
  • Angela Santilli of California State University, Chico; studied in Ghana
  • Glenn Bolich of Kent State University; studied in Italy

The challenge to contestants was to tell a compelling story about how they became "student diplomats" by connecting in meaningful ways with people and cultures in other countries and by gaining global skills that will help them in their future academic studies and professional careers.

The competition is sponsored by Connecting Our World, an advocacy community powered by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. It supports public policies that strengthen and expand international education.

For more information about opportunities to study abroad while attending Sewanee, visit this page.

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