February 22, 2019

January American Abroad Student of the Month

Ingrid Pina, a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) participant is the U.S. Department of State’s January 2019 American Abroad Student of the Month. From Houston, Texas, Ingrid attended Kingwood High School before going to Kaohsiung, Taiwan with NSLI-Y.

Ingrid, a NSLI-Y Summer 2017 alumna, is a featured performer of the Beatbox A cappella club, a member of the Sleeve Dancing Club, and a participant in the outdoors club at her host school, Wenzao University of Foreign Languages.

Ingrid passionately integrates herself into her host community through volunteering. She planned and implemented English language classes for students and young adults, led cultural exchanges through sports and cooking with students at Qingye and Taiwu Elementary schools, and volunteered with a local food bank and an organization dedicated to assisting the elderly. In the latter, Ingrid was able to utilize vocabulary from her Taiwanese Health and Wellness course to care for senior citizens.

Additionally, Ingrid is dedicated to her studies and shows tremendous effort in NSLI-Y’s academic setting. She represented NSLI-Y at a national speech competition for exchange students in Taipei where her speech was about having the courage to humble oneself to empathize with others. Ingrid’s midterm project is a comparative analysis of gun culture and legislation between the United States and Taiwan.

Ingrid undertakes all of the program extracurricular and volunteer activities with an eagerness to learn and a positive attitude. She embodies the NSLI-Y spirit of cross-cultural exchange and is dedicated to immersing herself in her Taiwanese community.

Congratulations Ingrid!

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