• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    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

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

  • Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Freshman
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Katelyn Gehling

    Freshman
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Junior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

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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