My first few weeks in the United States were nothing less than extraordinary!
I spent two weeks with my mentors, Robyn, Liza, Melinda, Stefanie and Jenn, in New York and Los Angeles. We cooked, ate, traveled, shared stories and had lots of fun together. The warm welcoming from them helped me to settle down confidently in my “New Home.” I don’t feel scared, lonely or homesick because my mentors are here for me. My mentors inspire me to do things differently and independently. For example, I tried new foods such as Italian, Chinese, Thai and American and did some solo travel while staying in New York. I went to Central Park and Columbus Circle to explore by myself. My mentors also introduced me to many great and lovely people, and made my experience special.
Additionally, I also enjoyed the “Chew and Chat” activity where all of us new transfer students had the opportunity to eat and chat with the transfer student ambassadors. It was really fun. I learned so much about life as an international student and the on/off-campus experiences. Also, in the evening I had the chance to join the “New International Welcome Day with President Kaler and Goldy Gopher,” where I met Scholar Sreytom Tim, my SHE-CAN sister. She introduced me to Gabriel and other board members of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)!
While on campus, I got a gift from Amal - three UMN sweatshirts - and OMG I love them! This upcoming weekend, I can’t wait to move into my apartment, meet my roommates and start my first class on September 5 at the University of Minnesota! Go Gophers!