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"During my winter break I had the opportunity to fly an aerobatic airplane! It was on January 18th, when I controlled an airplane for the first time in my life. As an Aerospace Engineering student, I think it was worth each second I spent up there in the sky, learning from the pilot perspective and having fun."
Filipe Briann Gomes Coelho, Universidade Federal De Minas Gerais, Brazil, February 2013 Student of the Month.
"The United States tests me in every experience that I live here. The classes are far different from Brazil, offering me a “Learn by Doing” lifestyle that every Materials Engineering student should experience. Since getting here, I have already gone on two field trips, and four laboratories where I crystallized bismuth, created and observed nanomaterials and used equipment for Materials Characterization, which I might never have been allowed to use in Brazil."
Leticia dos Reis Goncales, Fundacao Universidade Federal Do ABC, Brazil, February 2013 Student of the Month.
"The fall semester was pleasant and important for gathering knowledge, and synchronizing it with practical experience as a final requirement of some of my courses. I learned a lot about the management of plants, the current food production scenario, and good points about how to improve yield and sustainability in agriculture. The main difference that I noticed between my U.S. and Brazilian universities was the final project, with the deadline at the end of the semester. In my case, I started to conduct a research project in early October, performing an experiment with soybeans inside a greenhouse for forty-five days. I analyzed the plants at the plant physiology laboratory and presented the results properly. In my opinion, these factors allow a student to link all that was learned in lectures and lab courses, leading to a greater assimilation of the course. It also helps the class to become more interested in research topics, and getting strongly involved in the course."
Arthur Martins Almeida Bernardeli, Universidade Federal De Vicosa, Brazil, December 2013 Student of the Month.
"This year was one of the most important experiences I have had, and will ever have, in my life. I learned to have fun even on the most stressful days; I learned to give the right value to the things I had before; I learned how to make choices; and the best and most important one, was that I was able to come to the U.S.! Thanks to all the amazing people that made this wonderful experience worth it, and that contributed to the positive changes that I had inside me."
Anna Claudia Fischer, Universidade Estadual Do Oeste Do Parana, Brazil, December 2013 Student of the Month.
"Throughout this year I faced the most challenging and rewarding experiences I could ever imagine. In April, the annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting took place in my university. Students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities all met to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges across areas such as education, poverty alleviation, and public health. As a volunteer, I was thankful to see incredible commitment-makers from all over the world, putting their efforts to translate practical goals into meaningful results. I was surprised when one of them came to me, and after I presented myself as an exchange student from Brazil, and gave me a huge hug in front of the whole plenary saying “thanks” for representing my country, and helping make the event happen."
Cassia Boos Ortolani, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil, November 2013 Student of the Month.
"I had an experience in the U.S. that will remain in mind for my entire life. When I entered the Air and Space Museum, I could see a TV with a guy talking, like an interview. Suddenly, when we were in front of the lunar module replica, we looked to left and realized that the interview was being conducted inside the museum, and we concluded the man on TV should have to be Buzz Aldrin. We ran toward his lecture, and there we discovered he was talking about his new book, "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration." I could never imagine in my entire life being so close to this guy! I decided to buy his book in one of the Air and Space Museum stores and get in line for his autograph. It took about 5 minutes until I was in front of that illustrious personality. I was so excited about it that all I could say was, “Hello,” which he answered with a shining smile. He signed my book and smiled again."
Edemar Morsch Filho, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, November 2013 Student of the Month.