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The first European club meeting of 2015-2016

The first meeting of the European club of this academic year is a fact! Thursday 12th of November the first meeting happened.

The meeting started with President Gouresh Kamble explaining everything about the European club to its newest members. The European club is meant for Europeans (of course) and for everyone who is interested in European culture. Every two weeks there will be a meeting for members and people who are interested in the European club. The Facebook page will explain more about the activities that happen during each meeting.

The first meeting kicked of with a lot of interesting and fun games that helped people to get to know each other. It started with a short introduction round, everyone introduced themselves. In total 20 people came to the first meeting, including people from the United States, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, the UK, Norway, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Portugal.


After the introduction round the students did multiple games to get to know each other like 2 trues and a lie. During this game a student needed to tell 3 things about him or herself. Two of these statements were true, one was false. If the other students could guess the lie, the student who made the statements was out of the game, if they guessed the wrong one however…the guesser was out of the game!

After a lot of laughing and getting to know  more about each other the first voting happened for the activities the coming meetings. Things like cooking, European games and European movie night were all voted for. Are you as enthusiastic as me? Visit the European Facebook page for more information about when these activities will happen. https://www.facebook.com/europeanclubGRCC/

The European club hopes to see more member soon and will have a lot of more fun activities during this academic year!

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First weeks, Love it!

Hi everybody!

Today I am for the 8th week in the United states. I have done so many amazing things already but I will start at the beginning…

It all started a few months ago when I decided that I wanted to study abroad. After some research I decided to go to the United States and I contacted an agency that helped me on my way. My first visa was denied in Amsterdam, two weeks before my plane left!

After I heard my visa was denied I was really afraid I would not be able to come to the United States. Luckily with the help of Green River College and the letter of recommendation they wrote I was able to get my Visa within two weeks at the 20150909_081254embassy in Brussels. So I made my goodbyes and flew to the United States

When I came to the United states everything was new and exiting. The roads, the weather, the surrounding, even the time felt like a huge difference! I adapted to most things rather quickly, especially the weather. The jet lag lasted for 2 weeks and then I was completely adapted to the new time zone.

From the moment I arrived at the campus corner apartments (CCA) there have been so many activities. From hiking trips to movie nights. There is always something to do at the apartments. But also at Green River College itself there are a lot of nice things to do. Especially in the beginning there were a lot of different activities. CORE. was the biggest one of all! During CORE all the international students visit a ranch in Washington. At this ranch they participate in all sorts of activities, such as paintball, horseback riding, archery, campfire, and an amazing dance party!

After the introduction week the classes started and things went fast. There are still nice activities every weekend and there is always something exciting to do. I will keep you all posted about all the great things that I will experience at Green River College!


My first quarter, going on the yellow busses during orientation.

5 Tips to enjoying Green River’s orientation week

Fall quarter is right around the corner and international programs is preparing for new students to arrive. It’s an exciting, but at the same moment,  anxious time, if you are about to leave your home country and go to a new country all the way across the ocean (or at least, that’s the case for most students). Besides knowing what to pack, and what to expect, it’s good to know what you could do to make your orientation a great one!

Riding horses at CORE

Riding horses during orientation week’s overnight camp.

1. Always speak in English

Even if you have people around you from  your own country, you should always speak in English. This way, you’re inclusive of other people. You will probably meet people from all over the world who you might not have met if you only speak to people who are speaking the same language as you. It also helps you to get more prepared to do well in an English speaking classroom.

2. Don’t be shy

New students during CORE

New students roasting marshmallows at the overnight camp

Everyone is new and everyone is looking for new friends. Walk up to that person standing in the corner or sitting by him or herself. You may have things in common with that person and you might end up making a new friend.

3. Have some starter sentences ready

There are a few sentences that can really help you to start a conversation or that can help you to get to know a little more about the people you’re talking with. Besides asking for their name (try your best to remember their names, even though you won’t remember everyone, getting to know about 5 names a day is a great start), you can ask them where they are from, what they are studying, where they would like to transfer to, or what made them come to Green River.

4. Say YES! to (almost) everything

Of course you shouldn’t get yourself in dangerous or illegal situations, but whenever someone asks you to do something, answer with an enthusiastic YES! Do you want to go to the movies? YES! Do you want to go grocery shopping? YES! Do you want to explore Seattle? YES! There’s a lot to do out there, and a lot of people to get to know. Whenever you say yes to something outside of your comfort zone, you get to experience something you might have never thought of doing. Doing fun activities will get your mind off home and potential homesickness. Being active and surrounding yourself with new friends is the best way to live a happy and social life in the USA.

5. Join the Seattle and CORE trip

This is a definite “Yes”! Green River offers a free overnight camping trip and Seattle trip. These offer great opportunities for you to meet new friends and see something besides your dorm room.

Meet your new friends during orientation

Make lots of new friends during orientation.


Graduation at Green River College


previous host family came to watch the graduation

Last week was graduation, and because I have spent the last two years at Green River and I took all the requirements for an Associates Degree, I got a chance to walk in an American graduation and celebrate all the hard work I have achieved in those past two years.

Not only did I graduate, but a lot of my friends did too and they got to walk along side me.  The ceremony started with a bagpipe marching band leading the procession.   It was amazing seeing so many people in the stadium which is usually used as an ice skating rink. Many of my friends who weren’t graduating showed up in the audience to cheer us on.
Some of the teachers gave speeches and awards were given to students, but the main part of the ceremony was getting our diploma. I was a little nervous going up on stage, but actually getting the diploma and walking off stage and thinking back of what I have done at Green River for the last two years made me feel really proud of myself. Of course, when everyone got their diploma and after we moved our tassel to the left side of our caps (which represents you being officially graduated), we got to throw our caps in the air. Marching out of the big hall and being surrounded by my AMAZING teachers was great. Their hard work, dedication and passion for teaching, is what helped me get to where I am now.DSC_0233

Graduation ends with taking photos with the friends, family and teachers. It was so great seeing everyone celebrating and being happy for you to enter a new stage in life. I can really say that Green River has given me so many friends, inspirational teachers and people who I would consider family.


My AMAZING communication teachers