Photo Essay Contest Winner Reflects on International Education in the U.S.

Manisha-Shrestha-450Flywire was proud to sponsor a recent Photo Essay Contest for Northwest Missouri State University’s Intercultural Festival, which was held in conjunction with International Education Week and Hispanic Heritage Month. International students were invited to submit a photo and brief essay explaining the importance and impact of an international education in the United States.

The first place prize went to Manisha Shrestha, for her beautiful photo of a campus pond at night and the accompanying essay titled “Reflection”. Manisha composed her submission while looking out over the pond and thinking about the struggle, hard work, and overall life experience of an international student.

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In her essay, she described her desire to seek a better education in the U.S., the challenges she overcame to get to Northwest Missouri State University, including a tough application and interview process, and the benefits she has experienced since arriving in the U.S.

She wrote, “Being here at Northwest is a beautiful feeling. The facilities, the faculty members, and everything else here provide me with a feeling of belonging. The people I meet, provide me with a sense of belongingness and self-worth each and every day.”

Thanks Manisha for sharing your reflections and congratulations on winning the photo essay contest!

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