Today, Friday May 25th 2018, we were visited by American Fulbright scholar Maneesha Bhugwansing. Maneesha comes from New York City. She completed her bachelor’s degree in International Business at Baruch College, then worked as a program specialist for a fellowship program for students going to graduate school in the US.
She is currently at Maastricht University, working on her Master’s Degree in Economics and hopes to find a job once she has done her final exams. Coming from an immigrant community in New York, and studying abroad and travelling throughout college, she learned a lot about different cultures (Surinam, Indian, Chinese, Spanish and now Dutch), and she came to give a talk about aspects of American lifestyle or living and studying in a new country.
She talked to a number of our 3rd- and 4th-year bilingual and Business English groups and started off each talk by focussing on the diversity of the USA. Being the internationally-oriented student she is, she was able to highlight quite a number of aspects of living in different cultures one has to be aware of when travelling, working and living abroad.
Once her talk got under way, students were encouraged to come up with questions and many of our students did. Some focussed on asking Maneesha about life in New York, others wanted to know more about (American-style) food, TV, and even politics was touched upon.
For or 4th-year students Maneesha explained one or two things about the Fulbright Scholarship programme (that enables foreign students to study in America and vice versa) clearly raising in interest in some students’ minds. So who knows …
We thank Maneesha (light-blue blouse, long white sleeves in the middle below) for having been with us today and all our students for being such an attentive audience and hope to welcome another Fulbright visitor again next year.