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International students triumph in visual arts contests

Mariana Osorio
Mariana Osorio
Suha Sultan
Suha Sultan

One is a dreamlike film sequence about journeying from poverty in Mexico to a City College of New York classroom. The other is a stunning campus photo. Both earned CCNY undergraduates Mariana Osorio (art and music) and Suha Sultan (biomedical engineering) top prizes in two international competitions. 

An international student from Mexico, Osorio took the $4000 top prize at the 2016 International Student Travel Video Contest for her entry “This Magic World.”  It tells her story about leaving one of the most impoverished and dangerous states in Mexico to study music and art in the United States.

“I challenged myself to create something different with the hopes of continuing my dreams of studying in the United States, and using the prize to pay for some of my tuition,” said Osorio, who hopes to apply for The Kaye Scholars Program next semester. 

Sultan’s entry for The 2nd Annual Study New York International Student "Why I Love Studying in New York" Photography Contest won in the campus photography category for her photo of the CCNY campus.

“I chose CCNY as an international student because of its reputation as a public college and its affordability,” said Sultan, a Bangladesh native. “I was interested in taking part in this contest because I knew I would be able to publicize CCNY to other international students if I won, and I wanted to share pictures of the beautiful campus with others who haven’t seen the college.”

About The City College of New York

Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; School of Education; Grove School of Engineering; Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine; and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.




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