Carmen Valenzuela-Burger

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As a participant of the Ireland and the Hague study abroad program through the Seattle campus, Carmen was able to share her experiences and encourage students to consider international education opportunities on all three campuses. She also reached out to international students by creating and presenting a Study Abroad 101 designed just for them. During her time as a Study Abroad Ambassador, Carmen used her editing and finishing skills to create spectacular posters and brochures to promote UW Tacoma study abroad programs. She also applied those skills to helping applicants with their personal essays to great effect. Students were grateful for her straightforward support and encouragement.

In the winter of 2014, Carmen applied for and was selected to be the Student Leader for the 2014 Expedition Fellows program to the Netherlands and Belgium. As Student Leader on this program, Carmen helped first- and second-year student participants by supporting critical reflections, easing cultural transitions, and furthering their understanding of cultural differences. She was responsible for helping these young students bridge their study abroad experience with their academic learning. As part of this co-curricular learning model, Carmen devised a project using postcards that engaged students in processing and interpreting their experiences on the program. She also shared her Expedition Fellows journey through her blog “Gypsy Feet”. Upon her return, Carmen worked with the Expedition Fellows participants to present the event “Project Showcase: Urban Tourism in the Netherlands” and develop the Expedition Fellows brochure. Carmen graduated UW Tacoma with a BA in Global Studies.

The Office of International Programs would like to thank Carmen for her help putting together the 2014 Expedition Fellows study abroad program bulletin board. The board was on display during the summer and early fall of 2014 to help explain what the program was all about and invite prospective students to consider making an international education opportunity a part of their college experience at UWT.

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Student Appreciation

"Thank you for your thoughtful input on my essays for the study abroad program, it was not only helpful but encouraging. You are truly an asset to UWT and the students who have the pleasure of receiving your advocacy for their journey to studying abroad." - UWT Student