Featured Students and Alumni
Accepted into American Studies Program internship at the University of Sydney, Australia through the Hinckley Institute.
I study Vietnamese and received a FLAS scholarship to study in Vietnam summer 2019. (I do not know if this next part is necessary but...) Vietnamese is a moderately difficult language to learn, there are tones, different words you use for specific situations and grammar structures, and there are numerous different accents with their own vocabulary which is both unique and confusing when listening to people from different parts of Vietnam.
By being able to study abroad in Vietnam I was able to learn more about my culture and heritage and can improve my Vietnamese language skills. I hope to be able to use these skills in a future career as a collegiate professor or in the Intelligence community. The skills I learned abroad are irreplaceable and extremely valuable in helping me appreciate media and art in Vietnamese.
I am currently studying Korean as a heritage-seeker and wanting to work/attend school in South Korea after graduation, if possible.
It was one of the majors that really piqued my interest. The world is quickly becoming globalized and it is crucial to know about different areas/countries for mutual understanding and to establish camaraderie and connections with one another rather than labeling and misinterpreting another culture.
I am honored to be a recipient of the amazing Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship as it paid for more than half of my overall tuition on the University of Utah campus. I have also received the Departmental Scholarship for Asian Studies and other academic scholarships on campus.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS)
I study Korean on campus!
FLAS made it possible for me to make the final decision on majoring in Asian Studies. This award has honestly helped push me in the direction that I have wanted to go and supported me and my decisions (thank you Patrick Cheney and immense thanks to Professor Koeun Park and Professor Deberniere Torrey). This scholarship has also excelled my language learning opportunities and now I am happy to say that I have and can comfortably communicate with my family in South Korea without worrying about a huge language barrier. This award has allowed me to connect with my family along with getting a degree- how many awards can you say do both?
APPLY! If you are interested in a language and are determined to continue your studies with the language, please apply! It has been such a huge help to my academic career and has allowed me to attend school without worrying about tuition. The application process does seem daunting, but it is all worth it in the end. I used to be the student that if I saw an application that was longer than one page, I would just pass it up. I am forever grateful that I didn't do that with the FLAS scholarship.
Paola Linette Cervantes
- I interned at the Dream Center at The University of Utah in the Spring 2020.
- I am currently an intern at the Center of Latin American Studies where I help coordinate a Spanish community on campus.
- I am currently a Hinckley Ambassador at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, my duty is to share information about the variety of internships opportunities that U of U students have.
- I am currently one of the peer mentors for the Second Year Experience Program from the Center of Ethnic Studies Affairs.
- SLC Youth of the Year 2018
- Sophomore Rising Professional 2020
I was born and raised in Mexico. I came to Utah at the age of 16 years old. I am native Spanish speaker. I decided to study Portuguese because since I was a kid I would listen to music in Portuguese. Perhaps, since I was a freshman in college I would study other languages and finally decided to stick on with Portuguese. I have some friends from Brazil who would encourage me to learn the language.
I am having an amazing time learning new things every day and connecting with other students that share the same passions. Finding a major that fits your interests and passion is the best combination and being able to learn from professionals that work in the same field career it’s been motivational for me.
Ana Luiza Ramos
I have done an internship for the South Jordan City Journal, I was the Assistant Editor in Chief for The Globe at SLCC, worked as Assistant News Editor and am currently working as the Editor in Chief of the Daily Utah Chronicle at the U, and I will be starting a local internship (tbd) through Hinckley in the Spring.
My first language is Portuguese, which I am now minoring in. I have studied English and French. I took a break from learning French, and now I am semi-fluent in French and Spanish.
Languages are the gateway to understanding culture. Learning English allowed me to find a better version of myself.
You can try to run from learning about the world, but you cannot hide from it. Things are always happening around you and until you can figure out the reasons why they happen the way they do, you will know very little about the place you live in. International Studies are absolutely essential.
Teaching Japanese at Weber State University; Hopefully will be starting my PhD in Japanese folklore in Japan next year.
Japanese folklore and religion (specifically, the relationship between Japanese gods and monsters and the treatment they receive from humanity in the past and present).
You cannot learn about another culture properly without first understanding nuances of the language.
I completed my bachelors at the U, and appreciated how many courses were offered in Asian studies.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS)
Japanese, and later, Mandarin as there were no other Japanese courses left for me to take. Mandarin is useful as it helps me read older Japanese texts more fluently.
I could never have completed my masters if it weren't for FLAS. The financial support was immeasurable. A masters degree requires a lot of attention and care, which is extremely challenging while working to support oneself. It would have taken me 3-4 years to complete the degree requirements and thesis if it weren't for FLAS.
It is a fantastic opportunity, and you won't regret applying. Pay attention to detail and make it clear what your goals are.
I'd like to write my own Japanese textbook series one day. Most of the existing textbooks are lacking in some way, or are confusing/misleading about the use of the language. I also hope to lecture in Japan as a visiting professor, but that is still several years away.