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An American Maus visits Arabia



Although just a freshman at the College of St. Benedict, Jenna Maus had a once-in-a-lifetime experience last month. She and 12 other students plus five faculty from the college spent more than a week in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, attending an international conference on women's leadership.

Maus applied for the trip realizing that freshmen rarely are selected. She wrote her essay describing what the trip would mean to her, and how she would use what she learned. The next thing she knew, she got a call that she would be going.

The trip was part of the Institute for Women's Leadership at CSB. The group of 18 spent three of their nine days at the Women as Global Leaders conference. They stayed in a dormitory at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, and enjoyed a number of tourist activities in addition to the scholarly ones.

Maus has planned to pursue international business before the trip. Now she's hoping to do United Nations-type work after getting an international affairs/political science degree. For her, the trip was "really motivating" and, indeed, life-changing.