Posts Tagged ‘international students’

Farewell Party for OIP Director!

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

A few weeks ago, the International Student Community got an announcement from Alison Champeaux, the Office of International Programs Director, that she was completing her career at CSS, after 15 years of service! Alison has been very instrumental in improving the lives of many international students coming to the US and studying at CSS. To celebrate Alison’s time and work in the Office of International Programs here at St. Scholastica, the OIP office hosted a farewell party on Saturday, May 5. Many students in attendance shared their various encounters with Alison and the impact she had on their college careers and beyond. I am thankful for Alison and all that she has done for the CSS community! She will be missed.

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Immigration Stories II

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

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!).

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Anatomy of the OIP Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Every Sunday, I look forward to one of the most important resources for International Students – the OIP Newsletter! The Office of International Programs strives to make it as easy as possible for international students to thrive at CSS and beyond. Each week, it shares several things in the newsletter including: (more…)

OIP Christmas Dinner

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Last week (of last year!), I met with three other international students on campus to have dinner with Cherrie, from the Office of International Programs (OIP). Each year, OIP organizes a meal and other events for international students staying on campus over break or living in the Duluth area. At Cherrie’s house, we played board games and talked for some time before heading back to campus after a fulfilling meal.

Career workshop for international students

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The Office of International Programs recently organized a workshop to help acquaint international students with immigration policies and school policies regarding work on or off campus. In addition to this, students got to learn from Mary Anderson, Director of Career Services, as well as a panel of international students who have completed internships or research. I was part of the panel and felt honored to contribute to the experiences of fellow international students looking to develop their career portfolio.