GVSU Application Process- International Student Blog Entry
"The Journey Itself is My Home"
I decided to come to Grand Valley State University after I did a tour of the campus. I was doing an exchange year in a high school nearby and my high school professors insisted that I should come as well.
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“GVSU’s Academic resources and how they can help you succeed”
“GVSU academic resources and how they can help you succeed”
“Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person” ~ Alice Miller. The language barrier and the methods of teaching can be a learning challenge for some international students. Many would say “English is not my first language”, and that is true. Where I am from, the first language is French. Starting from elementary school to high school, I learned the basics math, sciences, and other related subjects in French. Even though I spent a year in South Africa learning English, when I started attending college in the U.S, I still had to learn a lot more to be able to succeed. During my freshman writing papers, at College level English, was a challenge; and when I started with class presentations, I had the fear that my classmates would not understand what I am saying. The former and latter were both because of the language barrier. Grand Valley State University offers many academic resources that help enhance student success during their time at GVSU. Each of these resources is free of charges and is available for any student at GVSU. Among them, The writing center: to help students with editing and improving papers, projects, and portfolios. The tutoring center: to assist any student in different subject that they’re struggling with: math, accounting, statistics, etc. The speech lab: to help student prepare for class presentations, and better their ways of creating presentations. The Knowledge market at the Mary Pew Idema Library: to assist student in brainstorming for papers, presentations, and enhance their research skills
I had the opportunity to use each of these resources, and it really helped me being successful at GVSU.
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- “GVSU Student Organizations”
- Attending college can be an overwhelming experience, especially if it is not in your home country. As I was applying to Grand Valley State University, I did not plan on being a normal student; my goal was to be involved as much as I could.
- During orientation, it was suggested to new students to attend “Campus Life Night”. The event is organized by GVSU student life, and it features more than 300 registered student organizations. Incoming students, as well as returning students can sign up for the organization of their choice.
- Being involved in a student organization helped me overcome some of the challenges international students face. The culture shock, being homesick, meet with people who have the same background as you; or even make new friends. In my first year at GVSU, I was involved with the African Student Council, the International Student Organization, and the Latino Student Union.
- The second year, I was elected as an executive board member in ASC and ISO. I was a part of the planning of a few successful events organized by both organizations, and I was a recipient of the “I am Grand Valley” award. Being involved is an easy process of integration that any student can take advantage of, and It helped me create a wide cross cultural network of friends.
- Do you have a student organization that helped you transition to college/foreign country?
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
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