Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Patch catches up with the international students at Moraine Valley Community College we first met last fall.
On the first 90-degree day of the year, Sai Sena entered a college cafeteria wearing a flannel shirt, sweater and jeans, with a heavy backpack and headphones draped around his neck. He hadn’t broken a sweat, but it was only a matter of seconds before someone asked the 26-year-old Kenyan-born student, as he made the round of handshakes, about that morning’s choice of clothing. “I love this weather,” he said, smiling and tugging at layers of clothing. “I could marinate myself outside.” Sena and other international students from Moraine Valley Community College had gathered on that bright afternoon to eat, learn about one another’s countries and take a look at the previous year through photographs. In a meeting room separated from the …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
To date, they've raised approximately $2,200 to help relief efforts in Japan.
On Tuesday, Moraine Valley Community College's International Student Ambassadors threw a year-end celebration, socializing over grub while they learned about one another's native cultures. Staff from the International Student Affairs Office took a look back at the year in photographs. Check back with Patch next week for a follow-up to our series on the International Student Program at Moraine. Meanwhile, as the anticipation mounts, re-read parts one, two and three.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
International students at Moraine Valley get a realistic view of America while enriching the campus' cultural life.
Contrary to the childhood beliefs of Saitoti Sena, Michael Jordan does not spend his days careening the streets of Chicago, signing autographs and blowing kisses at adoring fans. Nor, for that matter, is every American street lined with white picket fences and luxury cars. As many international students at Moraine Valley Community College can attest, the foreign myths, perceptions and assumptions about American life have a way of shattering when viewed up close. Seven of them gathered Nov. 17 as part of the school's Global Perspectives panel to field questions about their experiences in a new land. "When I came here (from Seoul, South Korea) I was surprised," said Hyun Jung, noting that winters in Chicago have a uniquely salty smell. "It …