The judges have cast their ballots and the results are in! The winner of our 30th Anniversary Logo Contest is Polina from Kyrgyzstan! We're thrilled to have received so many incredible entries to NWSE's 30th Anniversary Logo contest and look forward to celebrating the rest of our anniversary year with Polina's creative representation of the NWSE community.
I've been dreaming about becoming an exchange student for about three years. And here I am, an exchange student of 2016-17, writing about my experience. This exchange year changed me a lot because I feel that everything inside me changed. I became more responsible, smarter, more curious, more confident, wiser and braver. Also I got an idea of who I want to be in the future and what am I going to do after school. The answer isn't fully clear yet, but I'm much closer to it thanks to the things that had happened to me in the US. I came to the US as an teenager who knows almost nothing and now I'm going to leave the US as an experienced teenager with much more knowledge.
I have had lots of wonderful moments here so I'm afraid I won't be able to write about all of them. But one of the most meaningful memories is the road trip with my host family to the Grand Canyon. Thanks to this trip, I understood that your family is not only your relatives but could also be people who make you happy and with whom you feel yourself. One of the best things in this trip was a hot air balloon. My host mom did this awesome surprise for me and my little host brother. I will never forget this trip and I will be always thankful to my host mom, not only for the hot air balloon but also for all these nine amazing months that we spent together.
The reason I did the logo is that I'm thinking to become a graphic designer. And this competition was a great opportunity for me to test myself as a designer. When I was creating my design, I was inspired by the little "human" (there are actually two of them) that is in the original logo of NWSE. I'm not sure if it is a real human or it's just my imagination but I was inspired by it. To me it represents you, as an exchange student, moving to another country alone, but when you are coming back home, this foreign country has become your second home. So I decided to play with this "human" and here is what I got.
I'm really thankful to the NWSE program and my parents for making my dream come true. I'm really thankful to my mom for letting me go to another country alone. I’m thankful to my family and friends for all the support when I was already in the US. And finally, I'm so thankful to my host family and the friends I've met here for making this exchange year the brightest year of my life.