Today is the last day of the first week of school. I am so excited because there are so many international students this year representing 59 different countries. The Europeans come from: Belgium, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
This quarter I am taking 12 credits: Sociology 101, Technology 100 and Biology 160. All these classes are very interesting to me. One of the benefits I find with studying in the USA is that I get the chance to study a broad diversity of subjects.
The first day of school is for many people very exciting, but also a little bit scary. Many students will dress nicely and don’t want to be late for class. It is always a bit of a relief if you enter the classroom and you see one of your friends who is taking the same class as you. Teachers spend the first day of class going over the syllabus (a syllabus is a few pages of information about the course, how teachers expect you to behave, how their grading system works, what homework will be given and when the tests are). Even though the syllabus is not the most interesting part of most classes, it is very important to know what to expect during that quarter.
During the week, many people decide that they want to drop classes or want to add another class. Because of this, it is always a bit crowded in the International Program office, but it also gives a chance to meet some new people.
During the first week of school, there were some special activities. Wednesday was “Fall Fling” and today there will be an “International Dessert Social” (more on that later). These free events are a great place to get to know some new people and really enjoy the first week of school.