• 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..

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Halle Nystrom

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

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

Immigration Stories II

This blog is coming live from Tower 3121 where I am attending an event where a group of international students are sharing their experiences coming to the CSS, transitioning and adjusting to life in Duluth! On the panel were students from Russia, Belgium, India, Zimbabwe and Spain. Being an international student myself, it is always refreshing to hear from other students about their experiences and challenges getting to CSS or US in general. In addition to sitting for standardized tests that most did not take preparatory classes for or ever heard of until the last moment, many international students find the college application process arduous and long. Even if one gets admitted to a college/university, they still have to secure financial aid or scholarships to cover for their educational and living expenses. After that, they are required to interview for a visa, the process of which is foreign and daunting to many as it depends on the relationship of the US to the country at the time among other things. Prior to the visa interview, one has to get various immunizations that can cost a fortune (at least in Zimbabwe!).

I think having more of these panels would certainly be helpful in raising awareness about what international students experience to get to the US and while they are in the US. It makes relating to them much easier and helps US students interested in visiting other countries know what the experience is like being away from home and from loved ones.


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