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A Wonderful and Unforgettable Trip to Washington D.C. by Norma Velazquez

International Students in Washington, DC

International students outside of the International Youth Hostel in downtown Washington D.C.

On October 8, 2011, international students traveled to Washington, D.C. and experienced all the sights and sounds the national capital has to offer.  As the tour bus approached the outskirts of Washington, D.C., historical sites including Arlington National Cemetery, The Pentagon, and the United States Air Force Memorial welcomed the students.

Students spent the evening of October 8 in Arlington, Virginia, and stayed at the Holiday Inn. While some students went straight into D.C. proper, other students went across the Key Bridge into Georgetown, a student oriented community with many shopping and dining opportunities. The following day, students traveled to the International Youth Hostel, located in the downtown area of Washington, D.C., whose friendly and helpful staff assisted the students throughout their stay.  Free continental breakfast was also provided for the students, giving them a healthy start for their days of fun and adventure.

Washington D.C. provided students with many opportunities to experience the history of the United States in the form of art, architecture, and sculpture. Throughout their stay, students visited different sites of interest including The National Portrait Gallery and The National Archives.  Students also visited 7th Street which features theaters and a variety of restaurants with an eclectic selection of food.  Students welcomed the opportunity to stay within walking distance of tourist sites and enjoyed the pleasant weather throughout the long weekend.

Upon their departure, students waived goodbye to Washington, D.C. and rested as they prepared for their return to classes after the fall break.  As they traveled back North Carolina on a rainy evening, students watched the Christmas movie “Elf” as Christmas songs filled the tour bus. Upon arrival at UNCG’s International House, students applauded the tour bus driver who was most skillful, kind, and helpful throughout our trip.

Gulsah Kemer

Gulsah Kemer

International Student is Named “Emerging Scholar”

Gulsah Kemer is an international doctoral student from Turkey.   Kemer, who is studying counseling at UNCG, was selected as a 2011-12 Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) Emerging Scholar.   AACE is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Emerging Scholars Award was developed to promote future leaders in assessment and research, facilitate presentation opportunities at a national conference, and provide mentorship and networking opportunities for professional counselors.
Kemer is happy to be receiving the award and says, "It is great to be recognized as an emerging scholar in an area that I am really passionate about.  I am really honored by this recognition. Thanks so much to my professors who encouraged me to be nominated for this award."

Kemer will be featured in NewsNotes, the AACE division newsletter, and will be recognized at the National Research and Assessment Conference.  She will also receive a complimentary AACE Conference registration and an invitation to participate in board meeting activities. 

Visit www.theaaceonline.com for information about the AACE Emerging Scholars program.

Previous editions:
- Vol 11, ed 2: October 2011
- Vol 11, ed 1: September 2011

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