• 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..

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    Minneapolis, MN
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    Saint Paul, MN
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    Richfield, MN
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    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
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    East Bethel, MN
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    Takudzwa Munjanja

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    Fargo, ND
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    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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International Students: X things to do before Freshman Year

First and foremost, congratulations! Soon enough, you will be moving into your abodes and meeting your housing assignments in person! If you have not visited campus yet, it’s only a matter of weeks before you get the real feel of Duluth and CSS in particular. I remember being dazzled by the beauty of the college when I came. I had spent almost a year looking into Google Maps images and tours of the College. I used all the browers you can think of to try to get a different perspective of how the school looks like (pun intended hahaha).

As you prepare for your freshman year, here are ten  things you might want to do before you arrive on campus:

  1. Spend time with family  – Spread the love and strengthen the bonds! Be with your loved ones and say goodbyes in advance, else the wait at the airport will be too short  for you to say all your goodbyes. You might not be seeing each other for some time (duration of semester? a year? who knows when you meet again?), so make the most of the time left.
  2. Relish home-cooked meals – Spoil yourself with local and traditional food… just to remind yourself how food from home tastes like. You might still be able to make/cook it once you get here, but home food shared with loved ones tastes better than home food made with ingredients bought from SuperOne.
  3. Get your traveling documents in order – Do not wait until the midnight hour to get your visa and whatever traveling documents you will need as you journey from home to CSS. Make travel arrangements from home to Duluth (you might be picked up by the Office of International Program staff if flying in to Duluth or from anywhere in Duluth… I think)
  4. Take as many pictures as you can – Notice a beautiful building, park, thing? Capture that moment and freeze it in time, you might need to show your future roommates, classmates, workmates, and other people you will meet, about your culture, hometown, country, etc.
  5. Visit your favorite places in your home town, region/province, country… Take pictures while doing that!
  6. Meet your friends and anyone else who helped and supported you in your college preparations.
  7. Check your classes, meal plan, housing and whatever needs to be checked so that you have a smooth start and transition once the semester starts.
  8. Read and watch news about Duluth happenings and check the master calendar on the school’s website for events you might be interested in. Also, keep coming back to my blog 🙂 !
  9. Start packing! Don’t wait until the last day as I did… sometimes and oftentimes, it doesn’t work!
  10. Do more of what makes you happy. The journey ahead will be tiresome yet fulfilling. Prepare to meet new people, new challenges, to learn new things and relearn the old.
Soaring in the lower stratosphere, CSS bound!

Soaring in the lower stratosphere, CSS bound!


By the way, X is the Roman numeral for ten and if you ever read pirate books or watched such films, you probably know that X marks the spot!

See you in the fall!


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