Since I arrived at Lycoming College one week before classes start, my choice was somewhat restricted when I was choosing classes for my fall semester as a freshman. Some of classes that I intended to enroll into were already full, but my academic adviser was patient to find classes that would fit my schedule and my interest. And this is how I ended up in my Introduction to Political Philosophy class.
In one of my previous blogs, you may have read how moving to Lycoming College has been a journey of adaptation for me. From discovering the American culture to experiencing my first snow, from taking a class on the US Govt. and Politics to enjoying my first Thanksgiving break, and from leaving my country to making new friends at Lycoming, I would say that I had a great fall semester. As an international student, I learned many things throughout the fall semester, and in this blog I would like to share some of them with you.
If you’re reading this, maybe you will be applying to college this year or want to know more about the applications to study in the USA. If you are an international student and planning to join college next year, you should start working on your application now just so you have time to have an application that stands out of the lot. Since I have been through the process and have learned a lot from it, I would like to share my experience with you all.
The study guides on the table. The class notes wide open. Textbooks with important information highlighted. The typing sound of the keyboard resonating on the first floor of the library. Group study in the Pennington lounge. Queues at the Writing Center. The Lycoming students are in full study mode for final exams.
On the 20th of August, after 24 hours of flight to reach the JFK airport and a five-hour drive to reach Williamsport, I arrived at Lycoming for the first time.
If you’re an international student in the United States of America, you must have gone through some of the situations that I have been through. As an international student, I was thrilled at the possibility to come to the United States to study and was more thrilled to form part of the Warriors community at Lycoming College. My integration to Lycoming College was not difficult. We arrived one week before classes begin and we have the opportunity to attend an orientation session to better acclimate us to the school environment. Moreover, because of the small community here, we get to know many people who make Lycoming our second home. The college is always making sure that international students feel at home and have a good college experience. However, there are some moments that only international students can relate to.