Thursday, May 12, 2016

Who are the international students?

Mt. Rainier from the plane
"Sit back, relax with some popcorn and follow along because this is about you! 
Yes you right there. You at a college around the world, you are one of them. You are one of the few, the privileged. You are an international student. 
You have left your home to travel the world and to experience a new place, new cultures and new people. You are different, wanting to stand out from the rest of your friends at home and do well. Do well in school, do well in life. You have landed. You have landed to a college where you are pursuing your dream, exploring the world while building the foundation of your future life. 
You are on an adventure, you are experiencing what many believe to be the best time of your life - College. Ramen noodles, long nights talking to your friends without knowing what time it is, volleyball in the sun, barbecue in the park at midnight cooking S`mores, binge-watching 18 episodes of that new series on Netflix and then figuring out you need to study a little bit for that big test tomorrow. That girl or guy you saw in class and then again at the dining hall, ask him or her out! Go outside of your comfort zone. Be who you are. Make the most of it. This is college, make the most of it, make the most of your world experience! 
Do your best at school, but also enjoy your friends and the areas around you. Please enjoy yourself, you will not regret it. 
We are those, the few, the privileged. We are the risk takers, we are those who left home to experience more of the world we are living in. We are adventurous, we are explorers building bridges, we are all of this. We are international students!
By: Harald Overa

Surfer at California Beach

Zion National Park

Monterey, CA

Garibaldi Lake, Canada

Kerry Park Seattle

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