I’d like to thank my student Kayla Williams for her excellent final project: International Student Interview. I would also like to thank Mireille (Mimi) for sharing her story with us. Because of their hard work, we have access to the cross-cultural experiences of a UNR international student from Congo, Africa. I hope that this helps students coming to America as well as educators in America better prepare for study abroad’s challenges and rewards.
Many of Mimi’s cross-cultural adaptation and transitional challenges are shared among international students. The following key points are from the video:
- Cross-Cultural Challenges: Language and family separation. She coped with language challenges by practicing with friends/teammates/family & taking English classes. She had made more friends by getting involved with sports. Being separated from family can be very challenging but she used social media and phone calls to stay in touch. (Skype).
- When Mimi came to the U.S., she knew people here which is helpful.
- She likes the U.S. culture and freedom of speech.
- Study Abroad Rewards: Increases professional development, athletic opportunities, knowledge/experience, open-mindedness. Builds friendships, language skills, cultural competencies, international experience.
To provide more stories about study abroad in America, I will post a new international student interview from a different country each week for the few weeks. Check out previous interviews with Jiao Jiao from Beijing, China, Nikki from Vietnam, or Chavisa from Bangkok, Thailand. Hope you find this helpful and please comment if you do. Thanks.
Also, HLSL Institute is a helpful resource for international students, travelers, expatriates and expatriate families coming to the U.S. Check it out if you want help with cultural transition, language, transportation, and acculturation development.