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Kent State Welcomes Fulbright Scholar from Venezuela

Posted Nov, 13, 2009

Carmen LeonCarmen Leon had always wanted to go to college in America. She was working in her home country, Venezuela, when she was looking for a way to go to school when she found the Fulbright Scholar Program online. Today, Leon is a student at Kent State University, courtesy of this highly regarded exchange program.

“I knew this would be a very good opportunity for me, and to do it through the Fulbright Program, which is very prestigious, would be a plus,” Leon said. “The Fulbright Program is great because they take care of all of the administrative parts of applying to an American university.”

After turning in her paperwork and transcripts, Leon was called in for an interview. The interview is conducted to see how confident and knowledgeable Leon is about the field she wanted to study, Spanish translation.

“I went over all of the translation programs at different colleges and Kent’s program seemed the most interesting,” she said. “It has a mixture of theoretical and practical, which is what I wanted.”
Leon’s statement of purpose was reviewed, and she was asked questions related to her short- and long-term goals as well as how the program will help her achieve those. She was also asked about the goals of her home country.

“This program is allowing me to receive a first-class education, on the condition that I will, in return, do something for my country,” Leon said. “The program promotes a mutual understanding between the United States and other countries, so they want to know what your goals are in your country once you finish your program.”

Since arriving at Kent State just this fall of 2009, Leon said she didn’t expect the university to be as large as it is.

“I was surprised in a positive way at the library,” she said. “I love it. It’s a place to actually study.”

The Fulbright Scholar Program is an international educational exchange program that provides an opportunity for students from other countries to go to school in the United States.

As of now, Leon’s scholarship allows her to stay at Kent State through the end of the 2009-10 school year. She expects that she will be able to stay through her graduation in 2011 and hopes to do her professional training in the United States after graduation.

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