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Nick Kristof will travel with Notre Dame student who won contest

Notre Dame junior Nicole Sganga will get a chance to travel with American journalist Nicholas Kristof this summer as part of The New York Times' "Win a Trip with Nick Kristof" contest.

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 6:39 p.m.

A Notre Dame student will get a chance to travel to a foreign country with a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist this summer.

Notre Dame junior Nicole Sganga will get a chance to travel with American journalist Nicholas Kristof this summer as part of The New York Times' "Win a Trip with Nick Kristof" contest.

The Long Island-native majors in film, television, theater and political science at the University of Notre Dame, with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy. She has previously interned with 60 Minutes and CBS News in Washington and London.

Sganga is currently studying abroad in Notre Dame's London program. She found out about the contest results in Europe while waiting to board a plane to Turkey, according to student-run newspaper The Observer that covers Notre Dame and St. Mary's College.

“In terms of expectations for the actual trip itself, I am certain that I will learn more than I have in all of my journalism classes combined,” she told The Observer.

Sganga is also a winner of the $25,000 Hesburgh-Yusko Scholarship, a program that aims to encourage and prepare exceptional Notre Dame students.

"Sganga promised that if the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program would buy her a video camera to bring to Thailand for her social justice summer, she’d bring back a video of her trip..." the program's website said of Sganga. "The director agreed but didn’t realize the camera would become the crux of Sganga’s service to the marginalized Shan people."

Kristof wrote in his New York Times' op-ed column that the purpose of the "Win a Trip with Nick Kristof" contest is to encourage American students to engage with the world and the issue of global poverty.

"One of the aims of higher education is to broaden perspectives, and what better way than by a home stay in a really different country, like Bangladesh or Senegal?" Kristof wrote. "Time abroad also leaves one more aware of the complex prism of suspicion through which the United States is often viewed."

He is not sure of where they will travel to this summer, but wrote "Perhaps Congo. Maybe Myanmar."


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