A BASILDON student who hopes to spend her life combating global warming has won a week-long stay at an American university.
Dannie Slade, 17, will visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the summer.
The teen, who studies law, psychology, geography and Spanish at Palmers College, is one of 50 students from across the UK who won a place on the trip.
She had to complete a series of essays modelled on US college admission exams.
She will stay on campus at MIT, attending lectures and meeting staff and students.
Dannie said the trip would help her decide whether to go to university in the UK or the US.
She said: “I’m keeping my options open. I will apply to both and see what comes back. It would be lovely to go to America, but I would only do it if they offered full financial support.”
What Dannie will study at university will depend on where she goes.
If she studies in the UK, she will study law. But if she wins a coveted spot at a US institution, she will study hydrology. During her trip to Boston, Dannie will meet with representatives from prestigious US universities like Harvard and Yale.
She said: “My favourite subject is geography and I prefer the practical side of it. I would love to work in hydrology. With the world in the state it’s in, with global warming, it’s going to become a lot more important because of increasing flood risks.”
Dannie said she hoped to squeeze in some sightseeing and shopping while she was there.
She said: “I’ve never been to America before so I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in the culture. We were told that last year they went from Boston to New York and did some shopping and saw a Broadway show, so that would be nice.”
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