I would like to introduce Blanche Cizubu, one of our new International Peer Mentors for 2016-2017. Blanche is from Kinshasa, Congo, and she began her studies at Shoreline Community College in Fall 2014.
Blanche chose Shoreline Community College because she liked the beautiful campus and found it to be a peaceful place to study. She also found that Shoreline Community College offered the major that she wanted to study, biochemistry.
Blanche is currently taking Calculus 152, which is her favorite class this quarter. Blanche likes to do really well in her classes so she visits the Math Learning Center to get extra help with some of her assignments and to prepare for tests. Blanche does a lot of studying and one of her favorite places to study on campus is the library. When she wants to study with classmates off campus, she likes to go to Rain Café, not far from the College.
Besides focusing on academic goals, she engages with other members of the campus community and has joined the African Student Club and the Science Club. Joining these clubs helped her to meet friends from the same continent and gave them a chance to share their stories about life in the United States. Through these clubs Blanche has also had an opportunity to meet many domestic students.
As a student leader, she encourages all students to get out and meet new people, participate in clubs and take advantage of all volunteer opportunities that are available.
Shin A Oh
On June 3rd 2016, the graduation BBQ was a success. We had about 300 students come to enjoy this event. It took place at the Carkeek Park. The International Education department, the Multicultural Center, the Athletic Department, International Peer Mentors (IPMs), and Associated Student Government (ASG) contributed to this event. The weather was very nice and we had a great beach view with a clear sky. Many students enjoyed eating kebabs and hamburgers at the same time enjoying some fresh air before their finals. Students were able to play badminton, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and other group activities. Shoreline students had a great time mingling and talking with their friends and International Education staff as well. It was also a great opportunity to get to know some new students. Students who were graduating happily talked about their transfer plans and reminisced on their times at Shoreline.
This event was the last event that the current IPMs planned and participated in as contributors, and they were sad to being saying good bye to Shoreline. The new IPMs volunteered and supported this event by helping prepare the food and encouraging students to join games and activities. A couple of students from the Ukulele club performed and started singing with everyone.
Shin A Oh
On Saturday May 21, 2016 the student leader teams International Marketing Assistants (IMA) and International Peer Mentor (IPM) had their bi-annual retreat. To conclude the retreat we held a BBQ with the entire International Education department.
At the retreat we welcomed and started training new team members, celebrated our achievements of the 2015-2016 academic year, and started planning for this upcoming 2016-2017 year. We also honored and congratulated the graduating and outgoing IMA and IPMs. Many of the student leaders will be transferring to schools all over the world including: University of Washington, Western Washington University, Seattle University, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, University of Minnesota, California State University Northridge, and Monash University in Australia.