• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

Cultural Exchange


More than often, as an international student, you will be called upon to share your experiences or offer your perspective on a subject and much more. You get to be the ‘unofficial’ ambassador of your country – a job you might do really well in as your interactions with others increase. Over the Thanksgiving break, I got to share my experiences with my hosts and their family as well. It was not a one-way process for in sharing my experiences, I got to learn about theirs and more about this country through their lenses. Considering the influence of social media in this digital era, it wasn’t much of a surprise to learn that somehow we both had our little misinformed points of view. However, the more you talk about your culture, the more you help demystify some things that might have been wrongly portrayed about your home country. It’s always a good thing to share and learn.



Here's me being taught how to make a pumpkin pie..

Here’s me being taught how to make a pumpkin pie..


Here's me teaching how to make a Zimbabwean dish (sadza)..

Here’s me teaching how to make a Zimbabwean dish (sadza)..


‘Education is a continual process, part of our growth and life.’

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