|Global UGRAD Malaysia||
After months of anticipation, all 5 Malaysian UGRADers who are starting their UGRAD journey this Fall have arrived safely in the United States. They've attended orientation in their respective universities, made new friends, and started classes for the Fall semester. Seems like they have been adapting well to the new environment and handling culture shock very well. Here are some updates of their new beginnings and we hope to hear more from them soon! Stay tuned! P.S. Thanks to Amy, YuPing, Nasha, Wilson, and WeiJiet for sharing their updates on Facebook and their blogs! :)
St. Cloud State Uni.,
Amy started her UGRAD journey in SCSU with fellow UGRADers from other countries who are also hosted in SCSU. Despite the cold summer, she is having a great time meeting new friends and experiencing new things. She has attended the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with other international students.
"Everything is perfectly fine in SCSU!! Beautiful university with awesome facilities & great people. "
Uni. of Missouri,
Yu Ping (Christine) arrived Columbia on Aug 14 and met fellow exchange students in her university. Classes have started and she is enjoying her campus life, especially the rec centre. :p
"Got to roughly understand how American football works, had my all-time since young favorite activity - cycling. I love my campus. Blessed!"
Florida Gulf Coast University.
Nasha arrived Fort Myers on Aug 17. She's adapting well to the new life in FGCU and has made friends with people from all over the world. Being in the state that is known for its beautiful beaches, Nasha also had the opportunity to visit Fort Myers beach!
"I love the fact that I can say good night to the people I love and they reply in a few seconds from halfway across the globe. Technology is pretty amazing. :)"
Marymount Uni. at Arlington,
Wilson arrived Virginia on Aug 24 right after the earthquake that struck the East Coast. His arrival was also welcomed by Hurricane Irene, indeed an interesting start. Being located in close proximity to Washington DC, he had visited several attractions in DC. Melissa, Jodie, and Jessica from World Learning also made a visit to the UGRADers in MU. He has been sharing his latest updates actively via the use of social media.
"I come with an open heart & open mind to accept differences, learn & share from everyone and make good use of it."
"Washington DC is a beautiful place. US is a great country. People there are very friendly and helpful. But Malaysia is not ad too - though there are some problems but every country has their own. We are blessed and can be a great nation too by working hard and coming together as one."
"My International Finance Professor has been to Penang and said that it's a lovely place, and told the class we can find Made in Malaysia in most electronic gadgets. He also wrote & explained chinese character "危机- crisis" on the white board, but want us to focus on "机- opportunities". I think this is pretty cool!!
Wei Jiet arrived Sioux Falls on Aug 31 and was welcomed by the beautiful weather and landscapes.
"Is constantly amazed at the hospitality and friendliness of the staff here at Augustana. It's really unique to experience college life as an international student."