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Two to Tell

Study abroad is a wonderful opportunity to travel, meet people, visit new places, and experience a new culture.  We want everyone at Wofford College to know about your wonderful experience. In order to encourage every study abroad student to participate in this project we are establishing a new creative competition. 

The deadline for submission of slides is Friday, February 28, 2014. 10 finalists will be selected to compete for prizes during a campus-wide presentation. This event will take place on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:00pm in Olin 101. The two students with the most votes will go on to participate in a regional Two to Tell Competition sponsored by Upstate International on Thursday, March 27 as part of its March events celebrating International Month.

How does it work?

Participants present 6 PowerPoint slides in a timed presentation. Each slide will appear for 20 seconds. Each contestant may talk about each individual slide or have a coherent text which does not accompany any individual slide. Because the slides are timed, it is often more effective to not focus on each slide individually. The text may be prose or poetry, a daily entry in a journal, an anthropological observation or a more journalistic text. We encourage the presentation to be more of a narrative form with a beginning, a middle, and an end (rather than solely discussing the pictures themselves).

What are the prizes? 

  • First prize $500
  • Second prize $250
  • Third prize $100 
    Honorable Mention $50

2013 Winners
First Prize: Anna Le, “Việt Nam: My quê Hương
Second Prize: Philip Coffey, "Go"
Third Prize: Ben Chalmers, “Det Snöar” 

Honorable Mentions:
Bone Holt, "There and Back Again";
Brian McCracken, "I Was Because of Them";
Caroline Winn, "Accidentally in Love"

2012 Winners
First Prize: Zach Beaver, “No Shave New Zealand”
Second Prize: Chip Bowman, “The Prince of Chile
Third Prize: Sarah Grace Keaveny, “Espero que te vaya bien

2011 Winners
First Prize: Meg Lindsay (Community of Service-Romania, Interim 2011)- "For Me, Of Course!"
Second Prize: Nate Harceg (Study Abroad in France/China/Uganda)- A Change of Perspective: Challenge, Fear, Excitement
Third Prize: Stephyn Duck (Japan, Spring 2010)- "朝の物音: The Sound of Morning
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Honorable Mention: Josh Turner (Ireland, Fall 2010)- "Redefined"

What are the goals of the project? 

  • To encourage students to consider how their study abroad experience has affected them personally, academically, linguistically, and professionally and how it will continue to do so throughout their college career and future.  
  • To provide an outlet where students can reflect upon their cross-cultural experiences and share their insights with their peers.
  • To provide a resource for future study abroad participants.
  • To encourage you to interact with your new culture and explain that interaction to the readers, not merely be an observer.

What are the criteria for selection? 

  • How well does the work reflect the study abroad experience (interaction with the host culture, transformation within the experience, language learning, research, etc.)?
  • What is the artistic/academic quality of the work?
  • How original is the work? 
  • Is the work merely an observation or does it reflect the artist's participation in their cross-cultural experience? 
  • Is the message presented skillfully and concisely?
     

The Rules: 

  • The applicant's name, picture, address or phone number should be submitted on the release form. All submissions must be accompanied by a complete and signed release/application (.pdf) indicating that the contestant understands and agrees with all competition rules. 
  • All contestants must submit 6 digital images; the slides should not contain any text.  
  • The slides must be submitted via email to internationalprograms@wofford.edu. The text of the spoken portion should be also submitted electronically in Microsoft Word by the deadline above.  
  • All submissions must include a title but this title should not appear on any slides.
  • All entries are the property of Wofford College upon submission. No entries will be returned.
  • All submissions must be the entrant's original work.  
  • All oral presentations should not exceed 2 minutes; any submissions beyond this length will not be considered.
  • No late entries will be accepted. 
  • Visual works should not depict excessive use of alcohol, violence, sex, or other inappropriate material. Oral presentations should also abide by these standards. 
  • The submission may be in the language of your choice. 
  • The artwork may be in black and white or color. 
  • All submissions are subject to editing for the final publication.

See examples of Two to Tell presentations by Adrienne Hamm and Krista Jones