Language Is Everything Essay Contest

Dream of speaking at the UN? Want to work on the Global Goals? Check out this contest & your dream could come true!

from ELS

Share your ideas and be heard… perhaps even in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations!

60 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2016 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum, 25-31 July, 2016, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The students will present these action plans at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Airfare, Room and Meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

To Participate:

Write an original essay (2,000 words or less) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. The essay should reflect your personal, academic, cultural and national context. Essays must be written in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language or primary language of instruction during your primary or secondary education. The official United Nations languages are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. You will need to demonstrate both written and verbal competency in the language of the essay. You must be a full-time university student, recommended and endorsed by a Faculty Member or University Representative, and must be 18 years of age or older by the contest deadline.

Essay Submission Deadline: Thursday, 31 March, 2016 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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Tiffany Amariuta was one of 70 students chosen from a pool of over 1,200 entrants from 42 countries who submitted to the "Many Languages, One World" international essay contest. The essay contest is organized by ELS Educational Services, INC. and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).

During the past week, Tiffany, along with other finalists, participated in the UN Youth Forum on Global Sustainable Development at Adelphi University in New York. Workshops and discussions culminated with a presentation at the UN Headquarters on Friday, July 24, where Tiffany presented in Russian, along with other members of the group. The topic of the Russian-language presenters was "Ensuring availability and sustainability management of water and sanitation for all.” The list of Russian-language presenters included students from Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and the United States.

VIDEO of Russian-language presenters

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Tiffany (MIT Class of 2015, Course 20, Biological Engineering) has studied Russian at the Global Studies and Languages section at MIT with "remarkable results," having only started learning Russian over IAP in 2014, and "achieving so much in such a short time," according to Maria Khotimsky, MIT's Russian-language coordinator. She is a recent recipient of GSL Excellence in Foreign Languages Award. Tiffany is "an inspiring example of a promising young scientist who makes the best of her training in the humanities," Khotimsky said.

This summer Tiffany is participating in MISTI Russia internship at the Laboratory of Algorithmic Biology in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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