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In partnership with several regional groups around the
United States, the Worldwide ERC® Foundation holds an annual Student Essay
Scholarship Program to support and promote its mission to energize the global
community through charitable giving. This year, 11 students were recognized for
their outstanding submissions:
Mobility can open up career opportunities for professionals,
but can also be difficult for their families to undertake. This is especially
the case for their children, who are tasked with adapting to a new environment
and school system.
The scholarship award winners—plus all other
contestants—shared their stories to lend a hand to those who are going through
those difficult changes. After all, they encountered the relocation process
Here is some great advice from our scholarship award
“A strong piece of advice I have for any international or
national student who plans on moving long distance on their own is to make sure
you have a fixed place to live at when you are planning to study.” –Emily Perez
“Each day brings new meaning during a relocation, and while
changing homes may present seemingly intolerable problems, one must recognize
the phonetics of ‘impossible’ is built upon the foundation of ‘I’M-POSSIBLE’.”
“I’ll also advise anyone preparing to relocate to take on
more responsibilities, such as being a leader in one or more activities. Being
a leader gives you experience and discipline that is necessary in today’s fast-paced
environment.” –Halakhe Godana
“I would also encourage newly relocated students to get
involved in school activities such as sports, plays, music or other clubs so
they can meet more students who have similar interests.” –Saud Ismail
“You are most likely not the only one feeling lost in the
new place. To understand, one must realize that you have to open your mind to
what others are sacrificing themselves. Furthermore, one must adapt, which
means to be open to the changes one is going through. For one to be happier in
a new place, one cannot deny things, but rather try to embrace them.” –Kaguya
“Knowing I could overcome leaving everything behind twice
gave me the strength I needed to grow as a person and not be afraid of change.”
“Instead of focusing on everything you will be missing,
getting excited about your move and finding little things to look forward to
will make it easier to say goodbye to your home when the day comes. Moving is
always hard, but finding the good in the situation and can help change your
attitude and make it a better experience.” –Maddie Zubrod Hayes
“I realized that despite so many outward differences, human
society is fundamentally the same across the globe.” –Manit Kaushal
“No matter where you end up, there is always that southern
hospitality ready to greet you to your new school. Whether it’s the teachers,
students, or coursework, all of these are resources to help you transition
well. All you need to do is ask!” –Rebecca Lin
“But remember: the fact that you have connected with your
friends relatively late does not mean that you cannot build meaningful
relationships with them.” –Sarah Oh
“…we all face circumstances which require us to step outside
of our comfort zones, and it is important to be open-minded to these new
opportunities.” –Sindhu Pemmasani
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