Student Stories

Matthew Vogt

Global Studies – Sustainability Track (BA), 2018

My name is Matthew Vogt and I am currently in my last semester in the Global Studies Degree at UWM. I am planning on pursuing my internship requirements for the degree program this summer at Clear Sky Farms in British Columbia, Canada. It is a large sustainable holistic monastery style farm where I will learn methods of running a sustainable business as well as peace building and mediation strategies. I am very grateful to be able to fund this opportunity through the Global Studies Internship Award! After I complete my internship and graduate with my double major of Global Studies (Sustainability Track) and Japanese, I plan on continuing my education at UWM and pursue the Master’s of Sustainable Peacebuilding program.


Itzel Nunez

Global Studies – Communications Track

During my time completing my summer internship in Mexico, I decided to take a day
trip to Mexico City and visit the pyramids of Teotihuacan, or also known as the “Pyramids of the Sun”. It was nice to learn about the history of my ancestors and amazing to see what they had built.

I chose to complete my summer internship in Guadalajara, Mexico, one, because I have family and friends living there that I had not seen for over 10 years. Second, because I have never experienced a city lifestyle in Mexico. As a child, we would only pass through the cities, or see them from a far as we would drive to my mother’s childhood hometown. I had an amazing experience walking through the city, using it’s transportation and getting to see my friends and family after so many years. More importantly, I learned a lot from the internship, and met so many new wonderful people. I even got to see my favorite Mexican club soccer team play in their home stadium for the first time (hence the jersey).


The amazing feeling that I was able to go to Mexico to teach Aztec dance to a dance group was amazing. Honestly, it is unheard of to see an American Mexican Folklore dancer go to Mexico to teach. What you see and hear are teachers from Mexico coming to the United States to teach us. To have been accepted into this group (Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Jalisco) was an amazing accomplishment. I learned so much from this experience. I am proud of myself, I am proud of my heritage, I am blessed to have been able to experience this, and thankful to have seen my family after so many long years. I owe this all to the Ian Elliot Scholarship.

Thank you.


Jasmine Viges

Global Studies – Sustainability (BA)

Hi! My name is Jasmine Viges and I am a Global Studies – Sustainability major! I returned to school at the age of 30 to finally get my bachelor’s degree in subjects that truly interest me, and what better degree than one that encompasses environmental science on a global scale. I was very excited to receive the Klotsche scholarship to help support my study abroad for my spring semester in Hong Kong. I am very thankful for being chosen as a recipient of this scholarship!