Alumni Advice: Don’t worry if you don’t understand

As we count down until the new group of 48 students in the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program arrives next week, we’d like to share some advice from the 2013-2014 cohort on what the new students can expect from the next ten months. Our alumni offered several suggestions to help our new students make the most of their time in the US:

photo 4 (2)Come prepared because the program requires a lot from us. You have to come with their cultural items because we have cultural presentations and we have to showcase them. You should also have a good background about your countries because people will ask you questions about a lot of things. You should feel free to go out there and be open minded and engage because people in Washington are really nice, friendly and accommodating. – Caroline Nonyane, South Africa

This is the best program. You don’t need to worry about your residence, tuition, or food. You just have to focus on your goals. I believe if you cannot achieve your goals on this program, you cannot do anything in your life. – Ishtiaq Aftab, Pakistan

I have only one thing to say: Get involved! 10 months is not enough so make the most out of it! Getting involved in school activities will help you meet a lot of people who might become your friends for life. Life is all about networking, don’t waste your time staying home, go out , explore the city ; discover new challenges and keep an open mind ! It is a beautiful and unique experience! Don’t be shy! –Marie-Claude Assamoi, Ivory Coast

Be proud to represent your country so that others can have a different opinion about it. – Jorge Bermudez, Panama

Be humble and remember your own culture even though you are in the US. – Fransiska Palmasari, Indonesia

Network with others. –  Fransiska Palmasari, Indonesia

Don’t easily judge people simply because of their appearance, talk to them to get to know more – Fransiska Palmasari, Indonesia

Be patient with people, especially people who don’t know enough about your culture or country, –  Yannik Assouman, Côte d’Ivoire

Take a lot of pictures as your time is limited here. – Mohamed Abdalla Zin, Egypt

Spend time with your friendship family and also with other American people. – Lutfun Naher, Bangladesh

Communicate with as many people as you can, it will improve your English and teach you new aspects of different cultures. – Claudia Du Plessis, South Africa

Don’t be nervous about your English. – Sena Yumru, Turkey

Don’t be afraid to say ‘can you, please, repeat the sentence? I did not understand…’ –Paulo Panazzolo, Brazil

Join a sport group – Claudia Du Plessis, South Africa

Learn American culture as much as you can. Go to churches and learn other religions. Work hard and represent their countries as a positive and true ambassador. – Saleema Bano, Pakistan

Staying connected only to the CCI students will not be very beneficial. Students should try to make friends from outside the group and make new connections. -Nadir Jailani, Pakistan

This will be a great stage to expose you to the goodness of this world and a new culture. You all will become people with great abilities and responsibilities – Ashvi Johnson, India

The NWCCI program is part of the Community College Initiative, an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

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