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Essay Contest Deadline

Posted By: Meg Elizabeth Dedyne    Published: Thursday, 13 Oct 2016

MSU is deeply committed to building international understanding through education and is proud to host a significant enrollment of students from abroad. The presence of international students at Michigan State University provides extraordinary opportunities to learn first hand about people from all parts of the world.

The purpose of this Essay Contest is to build mutual respect through empathy and, using the American idiom, "to walk a mile in another person's shoes" (experiencing something from someone else's point of view). By writing your story, you have an opportunity to help your fellow students and people in the greater Lansing community walk a mile in your shoes so they can better know, feel and appreciate what it is like for you, personally, to be an international student at MSU at this time. We invite you to share some of your experiences, encounters across cultures (good and not-so-good), insights, thoughts and emotions during the period of your stay at MSU.

Application and deadline: Nov. 2, 2016 by 5 p.m.

MSU Undergraduate or graduate international students maintaining F or J status are eligible. The essay should be no more than four pages, typed, double spaced, name and email on the front. All or parts of winning and non-winning essays might be published on the OISS website. By submitting your entry, you agree that your entry can be used in this way.


  1. Save your essay as a doc. or docx. file (Word).
  2. On the top left side of your first page include your: full first & last name as well as your MSU email address.
  3. Email your essay as an attachment to with the subject like EssayContest.

Prizes are as follows:
First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250

Read past winning essays for inspiration and find instructions on how to submit your essay here ( (

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