ISSS staff members are thrilled to announce the winners of the International Voices blogging contest for 2014-2015! We welcome four student bloggers who will share their stories as international students in the UT Austin community. We are excited to follow them as they record their thoughts and experiences this year.
Visit the ISSS Blog on Wednesdays during the semester to see the latest International Voices column!
Let’s get to know our bloggers ….
ARM Nabiul Afrooz – Nabiul is pursuing a PhD in Environment Engineering and working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the department of Civil, Architectural, and Environment Engineering at UT Austin. He received his master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2012. Nabiul is a citizen of Bangladesh and has been living in the United States since December 2009.
Shruti Kota – Shruti is a second-year undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering at UT Austin. She was born in India and moved to Qatar when she was one year old. Shruti grew up and attended a British school in Qatar until moving to Austin for college in fall 2013.
Connie Loos – Connie is a fourth-year doctoral student in Linguistics at UT Austin, where she teaches German as an Assistant Instructor. She considers herself a professional international student as she spent part of her undergraduate degree in Montreal and received her master’s degree from a university in Amsterdam. She decided to brave the Austin summers and hot sauces in 2011 to come to UT to do research on American Sign Language and looks forward to sharing her observations inside and outside the American classroom on the ISSS blog this year.
Rita Bitar Nehme – Rita is a graduate student from Lebanon. Driven by her love for science, she completed her undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Geochemistry and Geological Sciences at UT Austin. She is the oldest of four sisters and participated in the Texas 4000 bike ride during Summer 2014.