Abroad101 Student of the Week #0088 – Susanna Hedenstrom

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A huge congratulations goes out to our Abroad101 Student of the Week, Susanna Hedenstrom! Susanna is currently in her junior year at the University of Oregon (despite hating the cold!) and is double majoring in Spanish and political science. From studying political science, Susanna has deepened her understanding of the way the world functions in the political realm and has been inspired by the opportunities available in impacting the way the system is run. Studying Spanish in conjunction has allowed Susanna to delve into a foreign language and the culture embedded in it, providing her with a more universally adept perspective. In terms of academic achievement, Susanna is part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and College Scholars and has been awarded the Rothert Family Social Sciences Scholarship, College Scholars Rippey Scholarship, Alanson H. Kleinsorge Political Science Scholarship, Laurel Scholars Tuition Remission, University of Oregon Summit Scholarship, Tall Clubs International Scholarship, and Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship. Susanna is also part of the Northwest Collegiate Ministries (NCM-UO) and is a Holt International Children’s Services Intern. Following her graduation next year, Susanna plans to work towards a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights with a focus on development from the University of Denver, and eventually would like to work with an NGO dealing with human rights issues in Latin America.

Susanna has recently been accepted to study in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico this summer. She will be taking courses in Maya culture as well as participating in a Service Learning project with a student attending the local university. Since Susanna plans to work in the field of human rights of Latin America, studying abroad in Chiapas and participating in the Service Learning portion of the program will provide her with invaluable experience that cannot be gained from the confines of the classroom. While in Chiapas, Susanna will have the opportunity to work with an NGO for on human rights issues as a preview for the career path she plans to pursue. Susanna also hopes to impress graduate schools with this experience on her resume to increase her chances of being accepted to a top graduate program. As Susanna will be living with a host family, she will gain a firsthand understanding of the local culture and will be able to sharpen and improve her Spanish language skills.  This opportunity will even allow Susanna to graduate an entire year earlier than she initially planned to! While Susanna has been fundraising for her trip and has already raised some on her own, she still needs some help covering the tuition costs of the twelve credits she will be taking in Chiapas. To check out Susanna’s Mission and donate to her cause, click here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

Happy e-nnouncing!

The GoEnnounce Team

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