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Graduation at Green River College

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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.

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My AMAZING communication teachers

The Beautiful Snoqualmie Falls

IMG_9650 (2)Washington State is full of beautiful scenery. The most well-known mountain in the state, Mount Rainier, is visible from many places. But not only Mt. Rainier is beautiful to see, the many forests, waterfalls and lakes make this state great.

One of the main tourist attractions in Washington State is Snoqualmie Falls located about 30 minutes from Green River College.  Not only is the waterfall great, but also the drive which shows all the beauty that Washington State has to offer. It is almost like driving through the Alps.

At the beginning of April, I went there with my Dutch friend, Milou. The amount of water on the waterfall was very low. In contrast, last winter the amount of water was historically high. Seeing the differences in nature makes Washington State such a special place to study.

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Snoqualmie Falls in the Spring

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Snoqualmie Falls in the winter

Roadtrip to Vancouver

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In the car

Spring beak is a great time to travel around and see a bit more of the country. Since Canada is only three hours away from Auburn, Washington, me and 9 of my friends decided to take a road trip and check it out.

We left really early in the morning and we packed plenty of cookies and snacks to make it to the border. It is highly recommendable to get to the border early in the morning. Our wait to cross the border was only 15 minutes, but I’ve heard people say they waited for about 2 hours.

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Yummy food in Granville Island

Our first stop was Granville Island, an artistic island with lots of little stores and a great covered market. Many different countries are represented in the food and the small bakeries.  This is a great place to have some lunch.

After our lunch break we went to Stanley Park. This park is very nice for a long hike. The view of the city and the beautiful nature makes it really worth visiting. Besides that, it is the largest urban park in Vancouver.

Vancouver, Canada is great to visit if you study in Washington state. Keep in mind that in order to cross the border you’ll need some the following:

  • Valid passport with a valid student visa
  • An i-20 form with a signature within 6 months
  • Optional for some countries, a VISA for Canada

Happy travels!

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Stanley park with the group

 

 

 

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Walter and Casper visit San Francisco

11003932_912678698763835_1148262949_nPresidents Day is usually the third Monday in February and not only celebrates George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, but is also a day to recognize all the Presidents in the America.  In addition,  Green River is closed on that day so students can enjoy a three-day weekend.

During Presidents Day weekend, Walter Schinkelshoek from Serooskerke and Casper Smit from Hilversum went to San Francisco to enjoy this holiday.

“San Francisco was a lot of fun,” said Walter. “Casper and I booked our hotel and flight online, because going to San Francisco is quite affordable. It was really nice to escape from the cold and walk around in our shorts and even get a little sunburn. San Francisco is like the American Barcelona.

11007407_912678795430492_1392182934_nWe visited a lot of different places. Biking over the Golden Gate Bridge was great. On the way back we took a ferry and while on the ferry, we saw the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge, which was very beautiful. The Pier was a nice place to hang out too. We walked around and watched the seals. It almost felt European to me. To get around we used the Cable Car, a very touristic way of transportation in San Francisco.

It is really nice to go with someone to another place in America. It is important to bring good shoes, mainly because if you only have 3 days, you’ll be walking around in the city a lot. It is really easy to travel around in the US if you are there anyway.”11004744_912679162097122_704042750_n