This spring arrived later in Indiana than many people expected. While the weather has been surprising, international students are able to keep-up on their school agendas while enjoying their campus life. During the semester, the Ball State campus and community was flooded with the joy of international celebrations: Chinese New Year Celebration, Taste of Africa, Rang De Basanti (an Indian celebration), Navruz (Persian New Year), Bangladesh Night, Asian Student Association Fashion Show, and Sunrise Japan. As many international students are busy studying in their classrooms or enjoying the activities in the Ball State "Global Village", some others have expanded their college life to the community or across the country by volunteering at local schools, participating in spring break trips, and traveling with friends. One of the stories we featured in this issue is international student, Yuqi Shi’s marvelous traveling experience in the United States. You will find out how an international student managed to travel to 45 states during his 2.5 years of study, and what traveling means to him.
Spring is the graduation season. Each May, we have a number of international students successfully completing their degree programs and moving on to a higher level of education or a career. Spring is the farewell season. Around this time each year, some of the international exchange students have had a great one-semester or one-year experience at Ball State and are ready to take those memories home. International students begin their educational journey with dreams and aspirations. When they come to Ball State, they bring culture, creativity, and diversity to our campus. When it is time to say “Goodbye”, we hope they can take the knowledge, experience, and friendship they have acquired with them. What really cheers up my day is when I see international alumni emailing me, posting on our program RCIP Facebook page
, or even popping in my office for a visit, and telling me how studying at Ball State became one of the most rewarding experiences in their lives.
Dear graduating class, we wish you all a bright future! To all those students that will be returning in the fall, good luck with your finals and have a safe and nice summer! Do not forget to record your summer activities with your pen or camera, and participate in our Second Annual Summer Break Photo Contest. We want to hear from you!
International Student Academic Advisor
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