如何融入美国大学社区群体?--不要再做“书呆子”中国学生

By Sabrina Frometa    科尔盖特大学(美国顶尖文理学院)学士

    上周,我介绍了一位有朝气的来自中国常州的年轻人,他目前就在美国的顶尖文理学院里学习。今天接着来介绍三位国际学生:Alex,Megha和Javier,我想借用他们在大学就读的经历来更好的介绍国际生的生活,同时也会提及他们选择文理学院的原因。

 

Yuzhou "Alex" Jiang '12

Majors: Economics, mathematics
Hometown
: Changzhou, China
High school
: Changzhou No.1 High School
Languages spoken
:Mandarin Chinese and Japanese

 

    Greetings from Colgate!I am currently leading Roots and Shoots, the Ping Pong Club, Finance Club, and the Chinese tutoring program, and will soon start teaching ping pong as a physical education class. Colgate is a wonderful liberal arts college with thrilling intellectual challenge and a beautiful campus. I have done three summer research projects and will participate in Colgate's economics study group in London in the spring of 2011. I truly appreciate the Colgate community’s dedication to philanthropy and non-profit initiatives, which has significantly shaped my worldview.

    At Colgate, I have found a sense of community just because there are tons of similar experiences that Colgate students can share and chat about. We join the same events and can even complain and/or brag about things that make our Colgate campus ours! It's very important to maintain a link to my Chinese culture and language. First of all, those cultural things are inherently beautiful. I'm proud of my knowledge of Chinese history & culture and the ability to speak Chinese. 

I don't really have much advice regarding promoting one's culture elsewhere. The best approach is probably to teach your college friends something about China. If they are really into this kind of foreign culture and language, they will take some initiatives to explore.

 

Megha Madjumar

Majors: Social Anthropology

Hometown: Kolkata, India

High School: Ashok Hall

Languages Spoken: Hindi and Bengali

 

    I grew up in Kolkata, India, and started thinking about applying to college abroad when I realized I wanted a college experience that was very different from what the Indian system provided--I wanted intellectual exploration and a more global perspective. I was also strongly interested in immersive, long-term travel. College abroad seemed like a good way to experience that. This may sound strange, but I did not look for an Indian community at college. A couple of my close friends from college are Indian, but several are not. I went to college in the US to meet people from other countries and find people with whom I could have long, engaging conversations. It was more important to me to meet interesting, opinionated individuals.

    Most of my activities related to my interests in writing and humanitarian work, so when I wanted a piece of home I looked for it elsewhere, specifically, in food and Bollywood. It can be an adventure looking for Indian restaurants or Indian snacks in grocery stores.

Studying abroad is an illuminating, exciting experience--certainly, be sure you know where to find some Chinese food, or look up a Chinese students' society if you'd like to participate in their activities. But also remember, you're in a new country, on a campus with people from all over the world. This is your chance to reach out to people you would not meet in China. Go with respect and curiosity, and you'll have a great time.

  

Javier Calvo

Majors: Economics

Hometown: San Salvador

High School: Escuela Americana, San Salvador

Languages spoken: Spanish, English and French

 

    My name is Javier Calvo I was born in Madrid, Spain and was raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. I now spend my breaks in Deltona, Fla., where my family currently resides. Currently, I work with the Office of Residential Life and the athletics department. I’m a senior at Colgate University and I chose this school specifically because of its liberal arts structure seemed exciting and challenging to me. I think the liberal arts exposes me to a number of subjects, topics, issues that really expand by ability to think and reason - skills that can really be applied anywhere and that are needed everywhere. In a way, it's like instead of locking me into a job, it gives the tools to adapt to any career.

     I think the liberal arts experience encouraged that mainly because I recognize that as part of a liberal arts institution, I am aware that those elements of my identity are relevant to other students and are important to my learning just as it is to that of other students. It builds on everyone else's experience and that is a great motivation to pursue those activities. So creating a sense of a Latino community was important because it was good to have something I could relate to, to anchor my experience, but really, stepping out of my comfort zone is what has been most rewarding.

    I know this may seem difficult, to become an initiator and meet people in a new environment. But it is part of the college learning experience to share your experience with others. I tried to make the things that make me different even more obvious; that I’m Latino, that I am Spanish, and I think naturally, that will attract people who appreciate those things about you and you can find an environment where, even if you don't have it, you can share it with people who value it, because they value you.

Take it one day at a time and be confident in your abilities and experiences because in the end you will love that place that taught you how to value who you are. I think there is no better community than one where you are challenged and where you’re inspired by those challenges.

  

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