• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    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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  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
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    M.S. Health Information Management

Where do international students go during school holidays?

Oh the places they go!

I have met some curious people who were eager to know what plans I had for breaks like winter, summer, or upcoming thanksgiving holiday. Because most international students do not have families or ties in the US, it is easy for some to assume they might be staying on campus by themselves. Some kind souls have even proposed hosting international students at their homes and I applaud such efforts. Now, where do international students at CSS go during these breaks?

Personally, it depends. If I can afford to, I travel to visit friends in the US or go home to Zimbabwe. Oftentimes, I go down to the Twin Cities area to spend time with my host family. I have also stayed on campus during breaks on a few occassions.

Some students have the same options: visit friends in the US, go back home if the break is long enough and it’s affordable to do so, or stay on campus. Visiting other places in the US can be quite an adventure due to the limited means of travel if one doesn’t have a car or doesn’t drive. Going home can be a hassle as well. Staying on campus can be fun, but very quiet as only a few people remain on campus during breaks.

I think a healthy mix of the above is totally commendable, if possible.

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