International Center Blog

Providing International Perspectives About Learning and Living at UM-Flint

What Was Unexpected At College? – Yujin

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Before I came to the United States in 2010 for my undergraduate degree, I had been educated at an international school among a diverse group of ethnicies since Grade 2. Born in Korea and educated in the Middle East and America, I am a product of what Mary Louise Pratt calls transculturation—the dynamic by which

My First Thanksgiving: Lu

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There is the lovely house in the suburb area of Flint, with farmland all around. This is where the warm and hospitable family that hosted me for Thanksgiving lives. When my Chinese friends and I spent Thanksgiving with Tim and his family, I felt as though I was actually in the Harry Potter world and welcomed

Black Friday and Thanksgiving Break: Ayana

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Up until this point of time of the year, my holiday skills were limited to celebrating festivals like Durga Puja, Diwali, etc from my home culture. To be honest, it was a little weird to me to even think about an occasion spent giving thanks to people, and then eating turkey, stuffing, and buying gifts.

Michigan Snowstorm: Jameel

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If you love snow boarding, skiing, snowmobile, and any other sport that is related to snow, Michigan is the right state for you. For me, it has been really interesting to live in Michigan because you get to experience all four seasons. Coming from Saudi Arabia, where I am used to the heat, it is still hard

Venison or Turkey : Menusha

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Venison or Turkey TURKEYS. Thanks to American movies and books, a large deliciously roasted turkey comes to my mind when I think of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Malaysia, and, until I witnessed the large piles of frozen turkeys in Walmart for myself, I never knew that turkeys were a big thing during Thanksgiving.

From Fall to Winter: Nubwa

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One of my favorite seasons is the fall season or also called autumn. During the fall semester the leaves change color mixing with other leaves creating this unique orange and red mixture. I like looking at the leaves and trees because I live off campus and it is nice walk to school from my house

My First Experience in the U.S.: Ayana

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The Onset My first experience in United States probably has a very little to do with me being in States in specific. No matter where you go, if you are introvert and absolutely love to be in your own world, it gets pretty hard to cope up with your new surroundings. I was no different. Everyday I

My First Experience: Nubwa

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Wow! Boy was I excited about school in America. I was finally going to be independent, live on my own, and get my first job! I was so happy and excited. I went to a little private college in Virginia called Bridgewater college. There were only seven international students, but I was still happy to

My First Experience in the U.S.: Lu

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It’s a 14 Hours journey from Shanghai, China to Detroit, USA. I spend the first two nights living in the hotel, and from day one, I can’t help going out under a beautiful sunshine and explore the city and campus. For someone like me come from a city with a population over 7 million, the

My First Experience in the U.S.: Jameel

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Coming to the United States was one of a kind experience. The thought of traveling alone and being very far from home, family, and friends gave me that mixed feeling of being nervous, excited, and afraid. Yet, the thought of being in a different country and different university gave a kick of energy and a