BTE Student Stories

Student Ambassador Rubens Magri

Rubens proudly represented High Wycombe, a community in the UK, at the ABTS in Lisbon, Portugal in October 2018. While there, he earned a digital badge in Intercultural Fluency and forged relationships that will last a lifetime. He had this to say about BTE and ABTS:

My favorite BTE memory is…

My favorite BTE memory is when we visited the Leeds factory where we saw knee replacements and 3d printing. We had an activity that day where we had to find a way to connect parts of a broken bone to make sure it was rigid, strong, and effective.

To me, BTE has meant…

To me, BTE has meant that I am able to have opportunities that I would never have otherwise. These are memories that will stay with me forever. It has also meant that I was able to meet so many amazing people.

The most important thing I will take away from BTE is…

The most important thing I will take away from BTE is that no matter what I should believe in myself because if my drive is centered with what I believe in, I can do anything I want and achieve so much more than what I could imagine.

I wanted to come to ABTS because…

I was interested in attending the ABTS as I knew this would be a great opportunity for me to share experiences with people from other countries under one roof. Not only would I gain skills that would help me through my entire life, such as communicational skills, but also start friendships overseas which could last forever. I saw this as an opportunity for me to contribute my energy and enthusiasm, which hopefully will inspire and motivate people to push themselves to their best.

Thanks to my time in BTE and at ABTS, in the future I will…

Thanks to my time in BTE and ABTS, in the future I will be able to give live examples of a diverse range of skills and experiences which will forever help me in everything I do. I will be set apart from everyone else because through this program we have had to constantly push myself and be committed to everything I do. I will also be able to use what I learned during mentoring sessions to always self-evaluate and really understand what I feel, why I feel, and how I can improve as a person, academically and professionally.


We are proud to award Rubens a digital badge in Intercultural Fluency for his work at ABTS 2018. He showed improvement in skills allowing one to work with people from other cultures. These are:

  1. Show Curiosity
  2. Recognize and challenge one’s own cultural biases
  3. Appreciate Diverse Perspectives
  4. Demonstrate Self Awareness