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Rebekah Dufrene
is a member of
MCC's Class of 2012, having
graduated in May with an associate
degree in Business Administration
Transfer. She is now pursuing a
bachelor's degree in international
business at UMass Lowell.
n October of 2011, I was
informed of an opportunity
to visit China through
MCC's International
Education Fellowship Program.
Without hesitation, I began
completing the extensive application
process. When I finally submitted my
completed application in December, I
had no idea of the incredible journey
that awaited me in 2012.
The February day I learned I had been
named one of four recipients of a Dr.
Jeffrey Chuan Chu Memorial
Fellowship was one of the happiest of
my life! Supported by BTU
International Inc., a Billerica supplier
of thermal-processing equipment, the
fellowship is named after the late Chu,
a former BTU director and early
proponent of improved Chinese-
American relations. (See related story,
page 24)
Five other students were also selected
to participate in MCC's 2012
International Education Fellowship
Program to China, which is supported
by the Middlesex Community College
Foundation. The nine of us were a very
diverse group. We were enrolled in
International Education Fellowship
Middlesex Student Recounts
Two-Week China Journey
Members of the MCC's 2012 International Education Fellowship to China (above front row,
left to right): author Rebekah Dufrene, Diana Nelson and William Pelland; (back row, left to right)
Mary-Jo Griffin, Sa-Marjie Sath, Lidiane Wooding, Maria Palacios, Helen Wang, Fiona Jamal
Almeida, Brian Lopez and Tyler Vaughn.