Student Selected as British Council USA Ambassador

Posted: September 11, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

British Council USA, the United Kingdom’s international organization for educational and cultural relations, has selected senior Sarah Morehouse as one of 69 university students nationwide who will participate in its Student Ambassador Program in 2006-07.

The program helps spread the word about the many and varied educational opportunities available to those who study in the UK.

Morehouse spent the fall 2005 semester at the University of Leicester, which is about two hours from London, as part of Mason’s Center for Global Education study abroad program. She studied history, sociology and politics while in the UK.

Ambassadors are selected based on advisor recommendations and a demonstrated enthusiasm for their overseas study experience. Morehouse, a psychology major, was nominated by her study abroad coordinator, Jennifer Bookbinder.

“I decided to participate in this program because I absolutely love talking about my time in England and studying in a foreign country,” says Morehouse. “I thought this would be a good way to get students as excited about England and provide them firsthand information about studying abroad.”

As an ambassador, Morehouse will work with the Center for Global Education to share her experiences with other students who plan to study abroad. She will conduct four events during the year; these might be question-and-answer sessions or an activity such as a traditional British tea.

“I also will be attending various British Council events in Washington, D.C., as well as participating in Center for Global Education events,” Morehouse adds. “I am mainly the British Council’s ‘go-to’ person on campus for information about studying abroad in the UK.”

Morehouse says she hopes to relieve some of the uncertainty students have when they are considering study abroad.

“I know when I left for England, I wasn’t really sure what to expect and had no one to really go to and ask questions about studying abroad. I want to be able to provide inquiring students the answers to these questions and give them an honest idea of what to expect.”

The British Council USA Student Ambassador program was launched in 2002 to showcase the educational opportunities and cultural diversity that help make the UK the top destination for American study abroad students.

For more information on study abroad, see the Center for Global Education web site.

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