Hi, my name is Nikki! This summer was my first time organizing events for international students as the new Activities Coordinator. The summer flew by, but we did a lot of fun activities along the way! We made the most of our beautiful sunny days with a beach event, a trip to one of Washington’s islands, a baseball game, and a tour of a museum in Seattle. Students joined us online from around the world to play games and discuss U.S. culture. If you didn’t get to be part of these fun events this summer, don’t worry! We will repeat several of them this fall. Keep reading to learn what our students said about our summer activities!
The ferry trip to Bainbridge Island was the most popular in−person event this summer. We met in Seattle and walked on to the ferry together. After a short ride to the island, we walked through the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, then enjoyed browsing the downtown shops. The most difficult part of the day was deciding on just one of the many restaurants for lunch! After stopping for ice cream, we called it a day. My favorite part of this trip was seeing new friendships form. On the ferry ride to Bainbridge, only a few students seemed to know each other, but on the trip home, everyone was hanging out together as a group. The students who came to this said they wanted to go again and to have even more time to explore. I can’t wait to repeat this event in the fall quarter!
I also got to play games with students every week on Zoom and Discord. In our Connect & Play series, we played Codenames, Dinosaur Tea Party, and Go Nuts for Donuts. Here’s what some students said about game nights: “Today’s game was fun and I got to speak English more as well as listening. So helpful!!” “It was so fun. I played plenty of games and got to know new friends.” “It was super fun and I learned new games that I can play with others. Definitely going to sign up for the fall event.”
If you want to join us for the Bainbridge Island trip, Connect & Play online game nights, or other fun events this fall, check out our Instagram at @shoreline_international for updates on upcoming events!
Shoreline has announced that we will be a vaccinated campus starting September 7, 2021, under the guidelines set forth in Governor Jay Inslee’s Higher Education proclamation. In the last few weeks, we have received updated guidance from local and regional public health officials, as well as updated College policies. We’ve created a new set of Frequently Asked Questions to help you with your planning as you prepare to arrive in the U.S. to join us for Fall Quarter! You can still refer to our previous FAQs for additional information.
*Please note that the below information is subject to change, particularly as public health guidelines in our area change. We are committed to providing you with updates as quickly as possible should any of the information change.
1. Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend clases on campus at Shoreline?
If you are enrolled in on-campus classes or will be coming to campus for any on-campus activities, you will need to be fully vaccinated or attest to an exemption by October 18, 2021. If you have concerns about meeting this deadline, please contact us – we are happy to work with you!
2. What vaccines will be accepted by Shoreline?
Currently, all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use are accepted. These vaccines are:
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
- Pfizer-BioNTech (may also be known as Comirnaty)
- Serum Institute of India: Covishield
- Sinopharm (Beijing): BBIBP-CorV
- Sinovac: CoronaVac
3. What if I received a vaccine that is not on the list above?
You will be required to be fully re-vaccinated (all required doses) in the United States by October 18, 2021 or attest to an eligible exemption. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this.
4. What do I need to do to submit proof of my vaccination?
Please complete this attestation form to indicate which vaccine you have received, and the dates that you received them. You will not need to upload or show any documents, but you will declare that the information provided is accurate and true. Providing false information may result in disciplinary action.
5. What are exemptions? How do I attest to having an exemption?
Shoreline is currently accepting the following reasons to claim an exemption from having to provide vaccination status: religious or medical reasons. You can submit your exemption status by completing this attestation form. You may attend on-campus classes even if you are not fully vaccinated if you claim an exemption.
6. Will I need to wear a mask on campus?
Everyone on campus is required to wear a mask indoors in settings with other people, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be made available at stations around campus for anyone who does not have one.
According to the guidelines from the U.S. public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks must follow these specifications:
- Masks must be two layers
- Completely cover your nose and mouth
- Fit snugly against the sides of your face
- Have a nose wire to prevent air leaking out of the top of the mask
- Cloth masks must be washed after each use
- Disposable masks must be disposed of after use
- Neck gaiters must have two layers
7. Can I get vaccinated at Shoreline?
Yes! In partnership with the local fire department, Shoreline will be offering free on-campus vaccine clinics on several dates between August 18 – October 6, 2021. You will be able to register to receive either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at this clinic. You can learn more about the clinic and register using this form. Vaccines are also available at many locations in the greater Shoreline/Seattle area.
8. If I already got COVID and recovered, do I still need to be vaccinated?
If you have contracted COVID-19 and recovered, you are not considered vaccinated. The U.S. public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends vaccination even for those who have had COVID-19 because it is not known how long any immunity lasts.
9. I am taking all online classes in Fall 2021. Do I still need to get vaccinated or submit the form to attest to an exemption?
No, only students enrolled in classes meeting on-campus are required to complete the form to indicate either vaccination or exemption status.
10. Do I need to quarantine when I enter the U.S. or before I come to campus?
While there are currently no requirements to self-quarantine after arriving in the U.S., the CDC recommends that all international travelers get tested 3-5 days after traveling, and for those who are not fully vaccinated, it is also recommended to self-quarantine for 7 days. The CDC provides a full page of recommendations for international travelers. At this time, Shoreline Community College does not have requirements for self-quarantine prior to coming to campus for the first time.
11. Are there any other updates I should know about?
Yes! Recently, the governor of Washington announced a reinstatement of the mask mandate indoors starting August 23, 2021. This means that when you visit any store, restaurant, or other public location indoors, you will need to wear a mask.
12. I have a question that wasn’t answered here!
As Summer starts, we’re already looking forward to Fall quarter! We know many of you are starting to make your plans for starting or continuing your studies at Shoreline in the fall. If you’re considering arriving in the U.S., please take a look at these Frequently Asked Questions for international students:
*Please note that some of the information posted below has changed. We have an updated FAQ post available at this time. All information posted below is subject to further change, particularly if health guidelines in our area change. We are committed to providing you with updates as quickly as possible should any of the information change.
1. Can I attend Shoreline in person for Fall 2021 Quarter?
Yes! We will have robust hybrid class offerings and activities on campus this fall.
2. What classes can I take in person?
There are MANY options you can take in person, including classes in Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, ESL, Film, Math, Music, Physics, and more! You can see for yourself in our class schedule for Fall. On-campus classes are listed as “hybrid,” because they will have both in-person meetings and online learning combined.
3. Can I attend Shoreline online for Fall 2021 Quarter?
Yes! We will continue to offer fully online options this Fall if you are joining us from your home country or if Fall quarter will not be your first quarter in the U.S.
4. Do I need to get a negative COVID-19 test to fly to the U.S.?
Yes! The CDC is still requiring a negative COVID test to fly, even if you have been fully vaccinated. See more information on the latest testing requirements, here.
5. Do I need to get a Covid-19 vaccination before entering the U.S.?
The CDC is not currently requiring vaccines to travel to the U.S.
6. Do I need to get a COVID-19 vaccination to study at Shoreline?
While it’s strongly encouraged, COVID-19 vaccines are not currently required to enroll. This information has changed since the original post was published. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.
7. Can I get vaccinated in Seattle?
Yes! Vaccines are readily available for international students. Many students are choosing to get vaccinated after they arrive in the U.S. There will be free vaccine clinics on campus at Shoreline as well. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.
8. Which vaccinations are available?
- For students 16+: Pfizer is approved and available (more may become available for this group as the FDA approves their use for younger students)
- For students 18+: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson
9. Does student health insurance cover the cost of the vaccine in the U.S.?
Yes, and in fact, vaccines can be accessed by students free of charge, even without health insurance.
10. Does my international student insurance cover treatment for coronavirus?
- Treatment of the coronavirus is covered under the international student insurance plan similar to other illnesses.
- The plan also offers a variety of free resources, including meeting with a doctor online or by phone, a 24/7 nurse line, and a student support line if you want to talk about any anxiety or stress (available in many languages).
- For more information, see our detailed post on our international student insurance.
- If you have questions about the international student insurance plan or any of these services, contact Yushin Wung at email@example.com.
11. Will I need to quarantine when I arrive in the U.S.?
While the CDC recommends social distancing after travel, quarantine is not required. This information has been updated since the original post was published. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.
12. Do I need a signature on my I-20 to enter or leave the U.S.?
When you leave the U.S., you do not need a travel signature. The signature is required when you enter the U.S. If you will enter the U.S. within one year of your last travel signature, you do not need a new one. We recommend you carry a copy of your class registration with you when you arrive at a port of entry in the U.S. If you do not have a travel signature or it is too old, contact Harumi Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. Will you offer airport pick-up service for Fall quarter?
Yes! We will offer airport pick-up service prior to Orientation. Admitted students will receive additional information about this via email. For specific questions about this service, contact Linda Du at email@example.com.
14. Are masks and social distancing still required on campus?
Shoreline is following the State of Washington’s plan for Higher Education reopening.
At this time, masks are required while indoors on campus, and social distancing is required in all areas of campus, per that plan. This information has been updated since the original post was published. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.
15. Will the Residence Hall be open?
Yes! The Residence Hall has been open continuously since 2019, and it will continue to be open in the Fall. You can learn more and apply at www.7000campusliving.com.
16. Will Homestay options be available?
Yes! All of our homestay partners are still offering placements for international students. You can see our housing and homestay information at https://www.shoreline.edu/international/about-us/housing.aspx
17. Is the Greater Seattle Area safe?
We are very proud of the City of Seattle for (at the time this has been published) being the most vaccinated major city in the country. Both the city and surrounding areas have vaccinated over 70% of the population 16+ years old, reaching the U.S. standard for herd immunity. The community is making a big effort to keep all residents safe.
I have another question that wasn’t answered!
One year ago, the College moved to primarily remote learning and operations. Thanks to our wonderful faculty and eLearning technology support, we can conduct engaging courses online with our students safely and globally, including classes with lab like Organic Chemistry! Check out the video below from last spring quarter in Dr. Astrid Perez’s class.
Dr. Astrid Perez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She transferred to University of Washington, completed a B.S. in Chemistry, and later returned to earn an M.S., and a Ph.D. She has been teaching at the Community College setting now for over 25 yrs., allowing her to interact with her students, encouraging them, and celebrating in their successes.
As she has lived through her share of challenges, such as having English as a second language, having a disability, having to take care of children while in school, and then being a single parent, to name a few, she can relate to many of the difficulties her students face. After having been treated differently for how she looks or sounds, Astrid wants her students to know that they are always welcomed at her office, free of judgement; she’s proud to say her office is a safe place.
Today we’re hearing from two Vietnamese students who have recently volunteered and gotten involved on campus (remotely) with other activities! Make sure to check out the @shoreline_international Instagram for more ideas on how to Engage and Achieve!
My name is Nguyen Xuan Thien Thanh. I am an international student from Vietnam. I have been in the U.S. for 4 years. I attended my high school junior year in Spokane, Washington. I love dancing so it would not be surprising that I was a member of the school’s dance team. Then I moved to Michigan to complete my last year of high school. I was a volunteer for FIRST robotic championship for Michigan state with my host mom, who was also one of the head coaches of the team. After that, I chose Shoreline Community College to be my next stop in my education path. My first year at Shoreline was full of happiness and surprises from my friends, as well as some challenges of course. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, I had to start my second year with online courses. I have less opportunities to interact with people face to face and spend most of the time in my room. My home country was locked down as well. During the quarantine time at home, I searched online looking for different virtual volunteering opportunities. I really want to help some people while I can spend more personal time now with volunteering.
As a result, I signed up to volunteer at ReWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance). My assigned task was to help people who speak Vietnamese register and vote in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. We confirmed with the ReWA staff if we are eligible to help as international students before receiving the training to offer translation assistance and direct the community members on different helpful website for voting information. Moreover, we would answer their phone calls as well as messages to help them in the voting process. This experience was both fun and meaningful. I had a chance to connect with the local Vietnamese community as well as learning about the democracy and voting in the U.S. I helped about 40 people during October and early November.
Next, I look forward to volunteering for the Global Showcase, which is an annual cultural event organized by International Student Leaders at Shoreline Community College. Even though it will be a virtual event in spring, it would still be a great opportunity for Vietnamese students work together on promoting our language and culture. I’m excited to attend and participate in Global Showcase. Not only campus community can check out our work, we will get to share with more people globally in the current online environment.
Hello! My name is Vo Dang Long and I go by Jack. I have been in the U.S. for 3 years, and this is my second year at Shoreline. I was an exchange student in Cleveland, Oklahoma during my first year in the U.S. During my high school exchange year, I joined an organization named Business Professional of America. This organization helps students build their leadership skills and promote many events bring contributions back to the community. I participated in many volunteering activities, such as helping sell food at the town food bank and holding activities at Special Oklahoma Olympic both winter and summer games.
Coming to Shoreline has been a great experience for me! The time of living in the Residence Hall on campus helped shape my personality better. I was able to get involved in more events with the convenient access as living on campus and more activities held by Resident Assistants. I made a lot of new friends during my first quarter at Shoreline. While everyone’s life has been different since mid-March when the pandemic hit globally. I am grateful that we still have good access to online learning and interacting with others online in order to stay safe and health. To keep myself staying active and engaged, I have tried to find more opportunities, like applying on-campus jobs and volunteering online. I applied for the ASG (Associated Student Government) as well as the ISA (International Student Ambassador). I hope I can get to learn more and help others at the same time.
In October, 2020, I signed up to volunteer at an organization called ReWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance). It is an organization created to help communities such as providing 10 wrap-around social services for every member of the family, from infant to senior in which they delivered in over 50 languages and dialects, are designed to make a long-lasting impact in others and help them thrive in the Puget Sound community.
My position was to help people in the Vietnamese-American community in the voting process of the presidential election in November. I needed to spend at least 2-3 hour a week to answer phone calls and messages to direct people to the right place with explanation of what they need to do in Vietnamese. Sometimes I would feel overwhelmed with time management as taking four classes, preparing for university transfer applications, working as an ISA, spending time online with families and friends, plus volunteering! It was definitely challenging when I had 3-4 exams and labs during some weeks while volunteering. When I now look back the total amount of volunteering hours that I kept track of, I feel proud for this accomplishment of myself. I definitely think I made a good choice to volunteer even though my schedule was already a little busy. I got to step out of my comfort zone, challenge myself to reach higher, improve my time management skill, and I really enjoy learning new things!
End-of-Year Message from Shoreline Community College President to International Students
Dr. Cheryl Roberts, the President of Shoreline Community College, recorded a special video for our international students and parents! As we are embracing a new year full of hope, we want to share with our international students that we are so proud of what you have accomplished in 2020. Remember we are always here for you. Together we are a #PhinFam!
Here is the full transcript of President Roberts’ video above, along with some great photos to share!
Hello! My name is Dr. Cheryl Roberts, and I have the distinct pleasure serving as the President of Shoreline Community College.
I wanted to take a moment to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to our current international students who have been on quite a journey with us this year. Some of you went back to your home country to continue your Shoreline education online, surrounded by those you love. Some of you stayed here in Seattle, living with American homestay families or in our beautiful on-campus housing while adjusting to a new way of learning with us that successfully kept you and your classmates safe. Whichever decision you made, we know it took courage and tenacity to continue your education during a global pandemic. We are so incredibly proud of you! And to the parents and families of our international students, I want to “thank you” as well. Parenting during a global pandemic is no easy task, and we know the love and support you have provided has empowered your student to be the best that they can be during this time. Please know that we care deeply about our students and have taken great care to ensure that they are still getting an excellent education and the services they need to be successful.
After so much that has happened this year, I am thrilled to share with you and offer news of hope for the future. As many of you know, the United States is preparing to welcome a new President in January who is a champion for U.S. Higher Education and is widely expected to be especially welcoming to international students. President-elect Biden said in July, “Across the world, people come to this country with unrelenting optimism and determination toward the future. They study here, innovate here, they make America who we are.” Of course, we could not agree with his sentiment more, and are optimistic about the direction of educational policy.
We are equally excited to note that President-elect Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden is a strong advocate for U.S. Community Colleges. As a current professor at a community college in Virginia, she has often stated that community colleges are “one of America’s best-kept secrets”. As second lady in the Obama Administration, she even hosted a White House Summit on Community Colleges. We are confident that she will continue being a strong supporter of community colleges! I had a great opportunity to meet Dr. Jill Biden when I served on the American Association of Community Colleges as a Board of Directors member. She is indeed a champion of higher education and particularly community colleges. We are so fortunate that she will be our First Lady.
And, of course, we are delighted to note that the incoming Vice President Kamala Harris has strong personal ties to international education. Both of her parents were former international students, with her mother hailing from India and her father from Jamaica. They met as Ph.D. students at the University of California, Berkeley, a campus to which many international students like you transfer to in order to complete a 2+2 degree. Like President Obama, whose father was also an international student in the U.S., her personal story highlights the extraordinary possibilities of America, where a child of international students can ascend to the highest office in the country within one generation.
Lastly, of course, we are bolstered by hope with the announcements about several potentially viable vaccines that hold promise to bring an end to the emergency measures that we have all adjusted to this year. This, coupled with President-elect Biden’s renewed focus on combatting the pandemic, gives us hope that we will be able to welcome students back to our beautiful campus soon.
As President-Elect Joe Biden said in his victory speech, “For American Educators this is a great day for all of us. You’re going to have one of your own in the White House”. This renewed focus on education in the highest office in the U.S. promises great opportunities for international students. And as we say in the Dolphin Nations, we are all Phins Up, and we are All In!
Can you believe it is almost the end of Fall Quarter already? Wow! This is another quarter with remote learning, and we know 2020 has been a very challenging year for many people, college students included of course.
As we are getting closer to the holidays and start planning the last month of the year, many of us are also thinking about finals week, and how in the world we are going to go through the stress of this last week of the quarter.
The thoughts of getting good grades, doing the math to see how many points we need to get a 4.0, finishing up the endless study guides, and even deciding whether we have time to see friends can be very overwhelming.
We created a guide of 5 simple study tips that will help you overcome the stress and anxiety, and hopefully help get you safely through finals week. Here they are!
1. Beware of due dates
Knowing when your finals will take place will prepare you to study with enough time in advance. At the beginning of the quarter, it may seem like final exams are far away, but keeping track of how much time you have to study, and this will help you organize your schedule and study in time.
2. Really Use Office Hours
This is an important step. Talking to your instructors and having a one-on-one interaction with them (especially during a socially distanced world), will help you understand the class better. Professors are always willing to help you succeed in the class, so don’t hesitate to ask questions!
3. Take breaks
It is important to let our mind rest. Since we are currently doing most of our work on a screen, your body needs breaks to perform at its best. When you take breaks, you let your body reset and return to work recharged to studying again. Even a 15-min break will make a difference.
4. Use apps to create flashcards
Flashcards are a great way to review topics and study for finals. There are multiple apps that allow you to create flashcards and play around with them. Try with Quizlet, create your own, and test yourself. Doing this in times where you would normally waste time on social media can help a lot!
To perform well in any type of activity, it is important to stay well-rested and sleep well. Your mind and body need it, so make sure you are getting enough sleep to be able to absorb all the information you need for final exams.
The most important part here is to congratulate yourself for all the hard work you’ve done so far. Taking the time to appreciate what you have done throughout the quarter will help you begin Winter 2021 with a great and positive attitude.
Remember that Shoreline has many alternatives to support you in your studies. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re struggling in school. Being in college in a pandemic is not easy but you made it through another quarter, great job!
Fall Quarter is almost over! We’re already looking ahead to Winter Quarter. Have you registered for classes yet? If you’re still looking for some exciting classes in Business, Communications, or Social Science, check out these classes that might fulfill some of your requirements! Ready to register? Check out the full class schedule here and see how to talk to your academic advisor here.
PSYC 230: Multicultural Psychology (5 credits)
How does culture influence the brain? Why are stereotypes so widespread? What is implicit bias? This class helps students understand the relationships between individuals and culture.
Pre-requisites: 2.0 or better in PSYC 100.
Fulfills: Multicultural Understanding requirement or Social Sciences distribution requirement
CMST 285: Critical Intercultural Communication (5 credits)
Money. Power. Identity. Relationships. Explore the dynamics and complexities of cultural clashes in our increasingly globalized and modern world.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 099 or EAP 099, or placement into ENGL 101.
Fulfills: Multicultural Understanding requirement
SOC 112: Introduction to Criminology (5 credits)
Are you looking to become an FBI agent or police officer? This course gets you to think about ways to engage and change our criminal justice system.
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have earned 2.0 or better in ENGL 101 (concurrent enrollment OK)
GEOG 204: Weather, Climate, Ecosystems (5 credits)
How and why does climate change? How do we know that climate changes? This course examines weather and climate on our plant on regional and global scales, and from time scale of seasons to millennia.
Pre-requisites: Placement into or completion of ENGL 099 or EAP 099
Fulfills: Lab Science distribution requirement
PSYC 225: Drugs and Behavior (5 credits)
Oregon just voted to decriminalize possession of heroin and cocaine. Our views on drugs are changing. From prevention to addiction to treatment, from individual effects on behavior to policy decisions, get ready for a deep dive into the world of drug use.
Fulfills: Social Sciences distribution requirement
BUS 247: Social Media Marketing (5 credits)
You most likely have a social media profile, but is having a presence of Facebook the same thing as doing business on Facebook? You are already familiar with the platforms, so let’s expand upon your knowledge and creativity to benefit businesses and launch your career.
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have completed BUS 120 or ENGL 279.
BUS 143: Materials Management (4 credits)
Amazon, Costco, Walmart target, and the thousands of online retailers – How do they manage so much inventory? Supply Chain Management is a growing industry positioned to lead businesses into the future.
Fulfills: Requirement for AAAS in Purchasing and Supply and several certificate programs – ask your advisor for more details
INTST 200: States and Capitalism: Origins of Western Wealth and Power (5 credits)
The nation-state system and capitalism have come to dominate the way the world organizes its political and economic systems. This class will examine how these distinctly modern institutions evolved as Europe moved from the medieval period to the modern era.
Fulfills: Social Sciences distribution requirement
HIST 117: Western Civilization II: The Early Modern World (5 credits)
Explore the Renaissance, thinkers like Machiavelli, and More’s Utopia. Explore the Scientific, Glorious and French revolutions. Study history with primary documents.
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have earned 2.0 or better in ENGL 101 (Concurrent enrollment is OK)
ANTH 130: World Cultures (5 credits)
This course will help you draw closer to people and places around the world, exposing you to cultural traditions both ancient and modern. We will examine megaliths, explores the Maya collapse, learn about Scandinavian reindeer herders, analyze K-Pop videos, and much more!
Fulfills: Social Sciences distribution requirement
SOC 270: Race, Power, Food (5 credits)
This course examines the politics of nutrition in the age of globalization. Together, we will revisit, re-envision, and re-articulate dominant understandings of history and culture as they relate to food.
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have earned 2.0 or better in ENGL 101 (Concurrent enrollment is OK)
Fulfills: Multicultural Understanding requirement or Social Sciences distribution requirement
Bus 255: Principles of Management (5 credits)
Do you aspire to manage a team, department, or company? Explore management topics including organizational culture, ethics, entrepreneurship, innovation, change, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Build skills to effectively lead in today’s dynamic work environments.
Pre-requisites: Recommended that students have completed BUS 104 and/or BUS 250
HIST 214 (and 214W): Pacific Northwest History (5 credits)
Dig deep into your historical backyard, exploring this region’s diverse past. Go beyond the popular tales you grew up with to learn the rich history of the Pacific Northwest from the First Peoples to you.
Pre-requisites: For 214, recommended that students have completed ENGL 101 (Concurrent enrollment is OK). For 214W, recommended that students have earned 2.0 or better in ENGL 101.
Fulfills: 214 fulfills Social Sciences distribution requirement. 214W fulfills Social Sciences distribution requirement and meets UW’s “writing intensive” criteria.
BUS 218: Sustainable Business Strategies (5 credits)
How do leading organizations deliver long-term value to all stakeholders? Why should we think globally before acting locally? Use systems thinking to explore the nature of purpose-driven business, and how to make progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Fulfills: Sustainable Business Leadership certificate requirement
Thanksgiving is a federal holiday that is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. Did you know that it originated as a harvest festival, just like the Mid-Autumn Festival and other similar festivals that are celebrated in many other cultures? There are multiple stories about where and when the first “real” Thanksgiving was celebrated, but it is believed that settlers and colonists from other countries who came to the United States for the first time wanted to celebrate and give thanks for their first successful harvest.
There is some controversy that surrounds American Thanksgiving, though. Some portrayals of the first Thanksgiving show that this harvest feast was a time when the European settlers were peaceful with the Native Americans who lived here long before Europeans arrived. However, European colonization of the United States was not entirely peaceful, and it is possible that the first Thanksgiving does not symbolize peace. It’s important to acknowledge both positive and negative parts of a country’s history and how history can impact our experiences today.
Nowadays, American Thanksgiving is a holiday that most people celebrate by having a large traditional meal with their family and loved ones. Traditional foods that are served reflect the foods that were native to this country, such as turkey, potatoes, squash, corn, and green beans. In fact, so many Americans eat Turkey on Thanksgiving, that sometimes the holiday is colloquially referred to as “Turkey Day”!
Another tradition that many Americans like to participate in is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which has been held in New York City every year since 1924. It is the world’s largest parade! Most Americans watch this on television on the morning of Thanksgiving.
Many people also like to watch American football (not soccer) on Thanksgiving. Almost every level of football, from high school to professional, will play games on this day. Football is very popular in the United States, and one theory is that football was used to encourage people who didn’t like Thanksgiving in the 1800s to enjoy it a little bit more.
Finally, the day after Thanksgiving usually marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the U.S. and you may know it by the name “Black Friday.” It’s possible that this started because many Thanksgiving Day parades include Santa, which lets people feel like Christmas is coming soon! Black Friday now extends in many countries and you can often find good deals in many stores.
Of course, everyone also has their own traditions and customs for Thanksgiving. Some families may eat a meal of foods traditional to their own culture. Some people like to celebrate “Friendsgiving” with their friends either instead of, or in addition to celebrating with their family. How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Do you have any special traditions or customs? We hope you enjoy this year’s holiday safely and happily!
What is International Education Week?
International Education Week (IEW), November 16-20, 2020, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. (iew.state.gov)
Each year, International Education Department at Shoreline Community College will hold a series of events to celebrate IEW. And this year, we are going to celebrate #IEW2020 virtually with students, alumni, family, friends, employees and community members together!
How to support and celebrate #IEW2020:
- Download and use IEW themed Zoom virtual background at https://bit.ly/2TYVc0o
- Mark yourself as “Going” on the #IEW2020 Facebook event page (https://fb.me/e/29HOdBYcw) or add the post on IE’s Instagram (@shoreline_international) to your story.
- Invite your friends to join us in the #IEW2020 events below.
1. Photo Contest:
The theme is “New Hobby”. Open to everyone to submit and vote by liking on Instagram @shoreline_international. Only current Shoreline students are eligible to win the prizes. Submit your photo at https://shoreline.formstack.com/forms/iew_photocontest before Sunday, November 15th by 11:59 PM, PST.
2. Flag Trivia:
Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 PM. Join Zoom (ID: 206 546 4697) from your laptop so you can join the trivia on Kahoot from your phone to test your knowledge of world flags!
3. Virtual Cuisine:
Share a popular recipe from your culture and submit pictures and/or a short video to https://shoreline.formstack.com/forms/iew_food before Sunday, November 15th by 11:59 PM. International Student Leaders will turn the submissions into Instagram stories and post on November 17th.
4. Folklore Panel:
Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 6:00-7:30 PM. Join Zoom (ID: 206 546 4697) to hear folk tales from different countries and regions of the U.S. shared by Honors College students.
5. Language Pods:
Thursday, Nov. 19th at 6:00-8:00 PM. Drop into Zoom (ID: 206 546 4697) breakout rooms for Language Pods in Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. There will also be recommended playlist of songs in those languages.
6. Study Abroad Fair:
Friday, Nov. 20th at 12:00-2:00 PM (Zoom ID: 206 546 4697). The Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA) will share five study abroad programs for 2021 and scholarship opportunities.