Student Blog Post: Tio “Aimee” Runtukahu, Indonesia

The following blog post was written by Tio “Aimee” Runtukahu, a current student from Indonesia who is a student worker in International Education. Read on to learn more about her time at Shoreline and her experience as a student worker!

Aimee is a student office assistant in International Education (IE).

I started working in the International Education (IE) Department in the Summer of 2020 as a student assistant to fellow international students. My position tasked me to help with the front desk during Express Advising. Moreover, creating small events and reaching out to new students during orientations. Since starting my position in IE, the campus has been fully online due to the pandemic. However, despite this, I am very grateful to have the chance to work in the office as it had allowed me to interact with many people daily.

My current project is creating an engaging short video for Shoreline students. Since we have been fully online, many international students have not met some of the current staff and student workers for so long. From my experience of going to Shoreline during its face-to-face operation from Fall 2019 to partial Winter 2020, the campus has had a very welcoming environment where everyone was so nice and friendly. Given that we no longer have the luxury to go to campus every day and meet with one another, having a video with lots of new and familiar faces would invite all current international students to keep on being engaged with the school. Hope you will enjoy this video!

Being a student at Shoreline is a very adventurous and exciting experience for me, and I believe for many of my other peers as well. The campus provides all students with the equal opportunity to gain more experiences. I took some of these opportunities to volunteer and work on campus and one of which is being a student assistant in the IE Department. What I love about working in the IE Department is how I got to keep on meeting new students and friends during the pandemic through working on campus before and now remotely. Moreover, I also got a lot of chances to show my creativity by hosting small online events for the college, like the Instagram Cooking Competition during the Summer!

It’s true that juggling a job while being a full-time student is challenging, and what makes working for Shoreline so enjoyable is the fact how everyone is so understanding and professional. Another thing that I would cherish from working in the IE Department is how I got to learn so much from everyone to be a part of a professional team and be more organized with my schedules and responsibilities.

Wanting to pursue my studies at Shoreline Community College meant that I had to leave my hometown Balikpapan, Indonesia to Seattle. It was not an easy experience to go through, however, meeting so many incredible fellow international students as well as American students had kept me away from feeling homesick. Aside from other Shoreline students, I had also found all the staff members, teachers, and other workers to be super kind and helpful. This welcoming and supportive environment has made me fall in love with Shoreline and made me very proud to be a part of it. Thus, as a current student worker, I am hoping to create that same atmosphere and environment for other international students!

Thank you, Aimee, for your hard work as an International Education Office Assistant! We are excited to see your video project when it is complete.

Meet Your IPMs: Hady and Ploy!

The International Peer Mentors for the 2017-2018 school year are excited to begin working with all of our wonderful students. Learn a little more about two of the eight new IPMs below!

Hady Flore Mafeugang Kougang (Cameroon)


Major: Nursing

Dream Job: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, because I love the cute little tiny human and really enjoy seeing them go from a premature state to fully functioning babies.

Why she became an IPM: I became an IPM to help students while sharing and learning new cultural backgrounds. I believe that diversity is what makes the world beautiful and interesting, and understanding this makes the Earth a better place to live.

Why she chose Shoreline: Shoreline is the only community college with a university’s standards and facilities. Teachers, whose teaching techniques are effective, are also great and available. Furthermore, Shoreline is well equipped with facilities that ease student life, especially international students.

Come talk to Hady if you need a friend!! And if you love health related movies or shows. She would love to learn about your country, what makes your origin unique, and to learn your language!

Nannapas “Ploy” Muenprasitivej (Thailand)

08-01-17 Ploy

Major: Food Science

Favorite Foods: Pad Thai, papaya salad, curries, and noodles

Shoreline CC Clubs/Activities: Just Dance Club

Why she became an IPM: I would like to help other international students when they need help and also be able to work with many people from different countries. Since we only live once, I want to explore and gain more experiences about working with other people. Not only is it helping me prepare for the working life, but also will let me know my strengths and weaknesses.

Advice for students to be happy and successful at Shoreline: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s normal to make mistakes because it is what everybody has done. We can learn from it.

Come talk to Ploy if you love to do active activities (such as bungee jumping), or want to do a study group for chemistry or biology!

– Meg Humphrey

Meet Your IPMs: Nicholas and Farrell!

The International Peer Mentors for the 2017-2018 school year are excited to begin working with all of our wonderful students. Learn a little more about two of the eight new IPMs below!

Man Ho “Nicholas” Chu (Hong Kong)

07-25-17 Nicholas

Major: English Literature

Favorite Food: Curry is my favorite and I tried to eat it for a whole week…

Shoreline CC Clubs/activities: Deputy Secretary of Vocal Association, President of Hong Kong Student Association, and writing tutor.

Why he became an IPM: When I first came to Shoreline, I got help from the previous IPMs. I know when international students come here, they would feel helpless. I want to help them with my experiences.

Why he chose Shoreline: When I was in Hong Kong, I met the advisors. They gave me useful suggestions and helped me plan my academic career when we first met. I felt like Shoreline really cares about students.

Advice for students to be happy and successful at Shoreline: Be more active in school!!! Being more active can help you make more friends and gain wonderful school experience. Friends can help you no matter your personal problems or academic problems.

Come talk Nicholas if you have any problems in school or if you have interesting stories to share!

Farrell Fileas (Indonesia)

07-25-17 Farrell

Major: Computer Science

Favorite Food: Buy 1 get 1 Domino’s deal

Shoreline CC Clubs: Adventure Builders Club, Engineering Club

How he spends his free time: Aside from socializing or eating, I generally engage myself in musical activities. I can play the piano and guitar, so I switch between those two instruments. I also spend quite some time in church, and yes – I do play those instruments on most Sunday Services!

Why he became an IPM: I believe every student in Shoreline should be warmly welcomed. I can closely relate to the mixed feeling of joy and sadness experienced by students who came from abroad to the United States to study. I’m always looking to improve myself and to assist you in your times of need. I’m here to provide support for all of you, so don’t hesitate to approach me for questions, or just for chit-chat!

Advice for students to be happy and successful at Shoreline: Keep an open mind toward the beliefs and opinions of others. You will be integrated to the international community more than ever in your life, so don’t waste the opportunity! It’s also never a bad idea to maintain a good GPA.

Come talk to Farrell if you want to see a magic trick (he can do card magic)!

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by 204 Photographers

Meet your IPMs: Hikari & Aliya!

The International Peer Mentors for the 2017-2018 school year are excited to begin working with all of our wonderful students. Learn a little more about two of the eight new IPMs below!

Hikari Akasaki (Japan)

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Major: Biochemistry

Favorite Food: Vegan pizza

Why she became an IPM: I thought IPM would be a great opportunity for me to make new friends, learn new things, and gain a new experience.

What she likes best about studying and living here: I like the professors and staff at Shoreline, they are very nice and helpful. Also, it is easy to get vegan food around the area.

Advice for students to be happy and successful at Shoreline: I think the key to being successful at Shoreline is to meet new people and have an open mind.

Come talk to Hikari if you know a good vegan restaurant! One of her favorites is Wayward Vegan Café in the University District.

Aliya Aliyeva (Kazakhstan)

07-18-17 Aliya

Major: Public Health

Dream Job: Working at the Nazarbayev University Medical Center

Shoreline CC Clubs: Adventure Builder Club, Just Dance Club, Art Club, and Vice President of the Shoreline Community College Vocal Association.

Why she became an IPM: From my first International Student Orientation it was my goal to become an IPM because I like to meet new people, especially from different countries. Besides that, I know how sometimes it can be lonely when you are the only student from your country, so I want to make Shoreline even more welcoming and interesting. Feel free to talk to me any time you want!

Advice for students to be happy and successful at Shoreline: Do not be afraid of making new friends (both international and domestic)! They will not bite you!

Come talk to Aliya if you love to watch TV shows!

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by 204 Photographers

Meet Jisa Kang, IPM 2016-2017

jisa-outsideToday, we would like to introduce you to Jisa Kang who is from the city of Nagoya in Japan and one of our current International Peer Mentors for 2016-2017. Jisa decided to study in Shoreline Community College because she found her major, music technology. Her first impression of Seattle and Shoreline was how nature-friendly it is, including the beautiful rivers and mountain views. She was also so impressed with the diversity in Seattle which helped her to adjust to life at the community college without any trouble.

When Jisa first came to Shoreline, she started in ESL and worked her way up to academic courses. She shared her experience with other language learners and then overcame her language barrier. She wants to encourage students to engage in events and activities that will improve their English skills as well as to explore the cultural differences here in the U.S.

Jisa also recommends that students find and look for academic resources to make sure they are getting the best help possible during their academic years.

You will often find Jisa playing the piano and composing music in the Music Building (800) or you might see her being active in the gym here at Shoreline Community College. Not only does she focus on her music, but she also studies hard in other subjects to broaden her knowledge for academic success.

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Meet International Peer Mentors 2016-17

The International Peer Mentors (IPMs) are international students who are here to welcome and introduce you to the vibrant campus life of Shoreline Community College. You’ll see them at Orientation, other special events, and often when you visit the International Education office.

Yuron Anggara, Indonesiayuron

Started at Shoreline: Winter 2016
Major: Business

I am a really outgoing person and I like to meet new people and get to know them. Looking back at the past, seeing how the previous IPMs were very open and willing to help us motivates me a lot. Thus, this encourages me to help students in achieving what they are capable of and try to push them to their limits. I would also like to learn and get to know different cultures to see the world through a wider lens. I would be more than happy to be able to help you all out so ask me anything. Good luck!

What I do when I’m free: I really like to explore and look for new places to eat. Sometimes I take a jog around when the weather is nice or exercise when I have nothing to do. I like to read or browse the internet when my work is done. Otherwise, I just like to stay at home and relax.

Favorite place on campus: The coffee spot and the library.

Favorite classes: Drama and English.

Favorite food: I basically like any food but Indonesian fried rice is really good!

Blanche Kanza Cizubu, Democratic Republic of Congoblanche

Started at Shoreline: Fall 2014

Major: Biochemistry

One thing that brought me into this beautiful journey of being an IPM was the eagerness to participate in something that would help me grow as a person. I dedicate my life to learning and by helping new students I will not only learn about new cultures but I’ll also learn how to be patient and helpful to them.

What I do when I’m free: During my free time, I enjoy reading. I love reading novels. One of my favorite book so far is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I also love watching movies.

Why I chose Shoreline: My choice of Shoreline Community College was first visual. Indeed, during my research about the school, I loved the campus. It was just what I was looking for: a quiet and green area. Since the school also had the program I wanted to study, it was the perfect match.

Clubs I am in: I am currently a member of the Science Club, and the secretary of the African Students Club.

Favorite food: I particularly love pastries, Central and West African food, and lately Vietnamese food.

Jin Hee (Jinne) Jeong, South Koreajinhee

Started at Shoreline: Winter 2016
Major: Nursing

I choose to study here because I can explore more and experience more. Being an IPM not only allowed me to assist and help with international students but also to learn and grow together. I look forward to assist you at Shoreline Community College. Feel free to ask for help!

What I do when I’m free: I love to watch movies, play guitar and ukulele.

Why I chose Shoreline: When I first came visit Shoreline Community College, I was amazed by the campus environment and after I met the staff, I realized that I could do much more than just get a degree at Shoreline.

Most helpful resource on campus: The International Education office and the library are the most helpful resources on campus.

Favorite food: Strawberry ice cream!

Jisa Kang, Japanjisa

Started at Shoreline: Fall 2015
Major: Music Technology

International students can engage and participate in our school though several kinds of activities for their fulfilling school lives.

Why I chose Shoreline: Shoreline has good facilities and great teachers in music department. Also, because I like this environment which has a lot of green and nature.

What I do when I’m free: Playing piano and composing music.

Favorite place: The music building on campus. In Seattle, under the I-5 bridge in the University District.

Favorite food: Noodles and mandazi.

Mohammad (Moe) Khamis, Jordanmohammed

Started at Shoreline: Fall 2015
Major: Bioengineering

I became an IPM because I like helping people, it offers me the chance to make a difference to the people around me and it helps me develop new skills in teamwork and leadership.

My impression of Seattle: I love Seattle because I love the green trees and parks. I just love the rain, I enjoy the sound of the rain droplets hitting my window glass. Finally, I love how it is surrounded by water on all sides.

Advice for new students: Don’t be shy, study hard, enjoy your time at SCC, make new friends, and do something new every day.

Favorite class: Multicultural studies 105 is my favorite class because it helped me develop an understanding of cultural and gender differences in U.S. society and recognize the diversity of different cultures.

Favorite food: Stuffed grape leaves.

Megan Lo, Hong Kongmegan

Started at Shoreline: Winter 2016
Major: Business

It was my dream to become an IPM because I always enjoy helping people, and this is one of our main goals as an IPM. It’s always my pleasure to help you. Besides that, I had an experience of being a new student and as an international student, I understand the feeling of changing a new environment. If you have any questions, please feel free to come to IE office to ask us, or if you see me on campus, you are always welcome to come talk to me.

Why I chose Shoreline: Mainly because my relatives who live in Seattle recommend this school. Besides that, I met the advisors in Hong Kong, and I found the advisor team in this school is very strong and helpful, so I decided to choose Shoreline.

Most helpful resource on campus: The computer lab, because you can find all the online resources using our school’s state-of-the-art resources. And Tutoring Services, because the free tutors in our school can help you with almost every question you have in your homework or during your studies.

Favorite classes: Public Speaking, Drama and, Math.

Clubs I am in: I am the president of Ukulele Club and Hong Kong Students’ Association and the vice president of Chinese Culture Club. I am also a member of International Club and Swimming Club.

Thanasath (TK) Siripornrungrueng, Thailandtk

Started at Shoreline: Fall 2015
Major: Business

I decided to become an IPM because I want to help fellow students to enjoy their lives in Shoreline and be successful in their academic life. I also like to meet new students from different parts of the world and I’m interested in getting to know more about different cultures. If you have any questions, feel free to come and visit us in the International Education Office.

What I do when I’m free: I tutor my friends in my free time when I’m at school. At home, I like to read books, watch movies, and also bake cakes.

Why I chose Shoreline: Shoreline provides good support to students so that students can be successful in their academic life and social life.

Advice for new students: Don’t be shy. Come to the International Education office and see us or the staff member whenever you need help with anything.

Favorite colors: Blue and white.

Yujia (Clara) Zhang, Chinaclara

Started at Shoreline: Fall 2015
Major: Computer Science

I love to hear the different voices from you all, to adopt new thinking, to see different perspectives from people from all over the world. I am here to help, to solve problems, and to be your friend! When I first came to Shoreline Community College, the IPMs were the people who made me feel welcome and less overwhelmed. As a current IPM, I want to continue that: to welcome anyone who comes here, and to provide continuing support for you!

What I do when I’m free: Watch movies. Travel. Read novels.

Why I chose Shoreline: Shoreline community college has amazing environment which is all covered by green. The staff and professors here are friendly and professional.

Advice for new students: Open up yourself to the new environment and enjoy the diversity. Participate in community activities and events. Make lots of new friends, and engage in American culture!

Favorite food: Noodle soup!

Meet International Peer Mentors 2014-15

The International Peer Mentors (IPMs) are current international students who are here to welcome and introduce you to the vibrant campus life of Shoreline Community College. You’ll see them at Orientation, other special events, and usually whenever you visit the International Education office.



ipm1Karol Ho Ka Lok, Hong Kong

First quarter at Shoreline CC: Winter 2014

Major: Business

Hi everyone, welcome to Shoreline, welcome to our school! When I was a new student like you guys, I ran into a lot of problems like adapting to the changes from my hometown to Seattle. And luckily, I got help from the IPMs and so I got used to the changes very soon. Therefore, I would like to help you all. If you have any problem, please don’t hesitate and feel free to talk to us! ^_^

What do you do when you’re free: Watching movies or playing piano.

Favorite place in Seattle: Greenlake, I love the beautiful views there!

Why did you choose Shoreline: There were few choices for me to pick from when I was considering which college to study in Seattle at first. By chance, I discovered that there were positions of IPMs which would help the international students at the school. And I thought it might be helpful to me. Also, I saw the beautiful campus photos from the school website, appealing to me a lot. So I just chose Shoreline.

Favorite color: Black or White (B/W)



Nataliya Ivanova, Russiaimp2

First quarter at Shoreline CC: Fall 2013

Major: AFA – Photography/Graphic Design

I’m one of the very few Russian on the campus and I know how difficult it can be to adapt to new culture. IPMs 2013-2014 and International Education Staff Members helped me to adapt to new culture and campus life. I’m glad that now I can help new students and share with them my experience and it’s also the way to say “thank you” to those who once helped me.

What do you do when you’re free: I’m a president of photography club “F-stop” and work for school newspaper “the Ebbtide”, so when I’m free I usually take pictures. I also meet with my friends; there are lots of interesting events on and outside of the campus and it’s a great chance to get cultural experience, meet new friends, practice my English, try new food, take some pictures and just have fun; all SCC students are always welcome to join me and other IPMs…the more the merrier!

Your impressions of Seattle: 360 days of Rain Festival 🙂 Seattle is a unique place with very creative atmosphere surrounded with amazing landscapes. There’s something for everyone.

Favorite food: Kimchi, Pho and Borscht.



Timothy R. Kristatama, Indonesiaipm3

First quarter at Shoreline CC: Fall 2013

Major: General Studies

Don’t hesitate to ask for help. As an international peer mentor, I won’t be there to act as someone smart and judge you if you do something wrong; instead, I and other international peer mentors are there to devote ourselves to helping students grow academically and socially.

Most helpful resource on campus: [Awesome] International Student Academic Advisors.

Favorite class: I am not a big fan of studying, but I admit that every class offered at Shoreline Community College has its own ways to challenge students and give them the best out of it.

Clubs you are part of: I am a member as well as a student representative for a committee named Appointment Review Committee.

Favorite food: All food available and served in front of me.



Sonja Blandes Rwegasira, TanzaniaIPM4

First quarter at Shoreline CC: Spring 2014

Major: Aeronautical Engineering

I applied to become an IPM so that I would be able to help international students just as the way I was assisted when i got in the United States. Being exposed to a new environment may be confusing and stressful, but my aim of being an International Peer Mentor is to help my fellow international students adapt to SCC together.

My favorite place in Shoreline: I really like the PUB, because it is a place where I usually hang out with my friends after classes. The PUB is equipped with very interesting spots such as the game area where my friends and I usually play and have fun. As well as the fish bowl which is rather more relaxing and quiet.

Why did you choose Shoreline: What I asked myself is why not? Shoreline has a very beautiful campus and it had the major I was planning to take. Shoreline seemed like a very fascinating place for me because of the diversities that I had seen.

Favorite color: Green



Keiji Urushima, JapanIPM5

First quarter at Shoreline CC: Summer 2013

Major: Economics BS

I like learning languages; I learned English and French, and I’m currently learning Korean. I also like to talk with people from different cultures, which is one of the reasons why I become an IPM. If you have any questions, please ask me. I would be happy to talk with you.

What do you do when you’re free: I usually watch movies or TV shows on Netflix, or I go shopping with my host family or my friends. On Sunday, I’m likely to study at the library.

Favorite place at Shoreline: I like the lawn area next to the library. If you feel tired, you can feel relaxed on the grass, sleeping under the sun. Moreover, since you can use wi-fi at the area, you can study there too.

Most helpful resource on campus: I would say the writing studio is one of the most helpful resources on campus. The writing studio is a place where there are some staffs, who are professional at writing. You can show your essay to them, and they help make your essay better. When I was taking English 101 and 102, which is one of the prerequisites, I went to the writing studio to ask for their help for my essay, and they were really helpful. Since you will write a lot of essays during college, it is definitely helpful for you.


Jiachen (Parker) Xing, ChinaIPM6

First quarter at Shoreline CC: Winter 2013

Major: Computer Science

I enjoy laughing and to make others laugh. Some of my friends say that at first they thought it would be a little hard to get to know me, but it’s not true, of course! I am very easy to get to know. The reason why I became an IPM is I really want to help more and more people, and while helping people I can also meet more friends. I truly treasure friendship!

Your impressions of Seattle: I think Seattle is like a cup of coffee, you need some time to taste it, then you will feel the unique beauty of Seattle.

Most helpful resource on campus: Absolutely it is the library, because it includes computer lab and study rooms. But International Education Department, which is located in the 3rd floor of 9000 building, is also important to international students. They can solve your transfer, immigrant and more questions.

Clubs you are part of: I joined Kung Fu club during my first quarter, you are able to find various of clubs in your free time, try it!


Yifan Yao, ChinaIPM7

First quarter at Shoreline CC: Fall 2013

Major: Psychology

Becoming an IPM enables me to know more students on campus and it is really exciting to talk to people from different backgrounds and cultures. Welcome to Shoreline Community College and please don’t hesitate and feel free to ask me questions if you have problems!

Your impressions of Seattle: Before I came to Seattle, people always told me that I will love it there because it rains a lot in Seattle (I love rain :D). However, this is mostly a complete rumor since the weather here is much nicer than I thought. I can even see Mt. Rainier clearly when it’s sunny.

Tips for new students: Don’t be afraid of making mistakes! Be brave and confident! Often times, I will hear from either my friends or new students that they think their English is not good enough, thus they only speak to those people who speak the same language as theirs. Although this environment might make you feel comfortable temporarily, it will not help you to improve your English! So step out your comfort zone and challenge yourself, you will be surprised when you find out how much you have accomplished.

Favorite food: Macaroons… and basically all sweet food.



Meet International Peer Mentors 2012-13

The International Peer Mentors (IPMs) are current international students who are here to welcome and introduce you to the vibrant campus life of Shoreline Community College. You’ll see them at Orientation, other special events, and usually whenever you visit the International Education office.


Caroline Carliang, Indonesia   Caroline

Hello! My name is Caroline Carliang. I came to Shoreline in Fall 2012 and have been working towards my associate degree in Business ever since. I’m very excited to welcome you to Shoreline Community College! Studying abroad is a precious opportunity, there is always something new that I learn every day from my encounters with other students from various countries and the International Peer Mentors are here to help you to enhance your experience. The friendly staffs, faculties, students and the rich resources at Shoreline Community College are also ready to assist you in your academic journey. You will be well supported in pursuing your goals while still having a lot of fun! To me, being a student at Shoreline Community College has been a life changing experience and I hope it will be for you too!

I enjoy my campus activities and clubs!

I like being a part of the campus’ economic & political club, WP&DSS, where I get to learn and share my view on current issues. I also like to be in the Golf Club, where I can go to the driving range and practice golf swings (for free!). Other than that, I’ve always enjoyed all the events hosted by IPMs, such as Halloween and Cultural Fair, even before I become involved in organizing them.

My Food Choices…

The PUB’s coffee stand where I can study while sipping iced mocha. Central Market where I can get gyudon when I’m bored of cafeteria’s menu, and of course, the International Education office where I can meet all the nice staffs whom always help me with my concerns.

Classes at Shoreline are awesome!

All the classes that I have taken have been great! I have always felt challenged to think and do beyond what I previously think I’m capable of. The professors are very friendly that I can still chat with them even after I take the class.

Ching Man (Jasmine) Chau, Hong KongJasmine

Hello everyone, welcome to Shoreline! My name is Jasmine Chau. I came to Shoreline in Fall 2012 and I am currently majoring in Public Health. It was a good choice for me to study abroad to Shoreline Community College. Here I meet bright welcoming smiles from advisors and friends from various countries. You are able to experience wonderful cultural diversity here. What I like the most is Shoreline Community College’s green campus. Whenever you are heading to class or the library, the vision of green trees helps lift up your academic stress. As International Peer Mentors, we are here for you to achieve academic success and overcome cultural difficulties, so feel free to talk to me if you have any questions! I hope you also enjoy the green campus and keep track of our fun events. I am so excited to know you more, hope to see you soon!

Exercise at the gym helps me keep fit!

I really enjoy the Zumba dance and yoga class at the gym building. It is a free walk-in class opened to all students. Yoga class is on Monday and Wednesday at 12:30, Zumba dance is on Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30. I am too lazy to go to YMCA to work out, so these classes are perfect for me. Having a stressful study life, it is healthy to do some exercise to relax. It is very effective because every time. I came out from the class, I feel refreshed and joyful, even my body seems lighter (maybe because I “squeezed” my sweat out of my body like a towel). The teachers are nice and energetic, I sometimes invited my friends to join me in the class as well. However, since the classes do not do much promotion, people rarely know there are such free fun classes on campus.

Most comfortable place on campus…

My favorite place to go in my free time is the fish bowl. The fish bowl is a quiet room in our PUB, perfect for doing homework and resting. I like sleeping there a lot! Sometimes after a long class, I feel really tired and fish bowl is the most suitable place to take a rest because the chairs inside is really comfortable and the light is dim, it is sometimes pretty quiet too. I like to just lay down on a chair and close my eyes. However, it is not called fish bowl for no reason. It is like a tank. The outside wall is made up of glass so people can see through it, so people passing the corridor and stare at you inside the fish bowl, sometimes you might feel like a gold fish.

My favorite Drama class

I love my classes in Shoreline, especially my Drama class this quarter. At first, I didn’t like the time the class is offered because it is from 3:00-5:20, making it is a long and late class. However, as time passed by, I found it is interesting to perform on stage as an actor. It is a good way to build confidence and also a way to improve public speaking when you are doing a monologue (to me, a monologue is even harder than a speech). More importantly, more than half of the class are new international students. I got a chance to know them more personally make new friends. So even though it is long, the time flies when I am taking that class.

Aigerim (Angie) Shintemirova, Kazakhstan


Hi everyone! My name is Aigerim, and I am from Kazakhstan. I came here Winter 2013 to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. Honestly, studying at Shoreline Community College is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. It expanded my knowledge so much! I have learned a lot about people from all over the world, their cultures and interests, and I keep exploring new things every day. When I came here, I didn’t know anyone and my English was not perfect. But then, I found so many opportunities for my personal growth. There are lots of clubs and organizations where I have meet amazing people. Even in class, I have made really good friends. What I like the most is that teachers and staff always greet you with a warm smile and try to understand all the difficulties that we face as international students. They helped me feel more comfortable around campus and get to know the American culture better. As an International Peer Mentor, I will do my best to provide possibilities for you to have wonderful college experiences. I am so excited to meet you all on campus. Say hello when you walk by!

Make friends and have fun!

Shoreline Community College is a great place for exploring your talents and interests. There are numerous events throughout the year as well as various student clubs. I, personally, try to participate in everything I have time for. It’s so rewarding because you will always make new friends and have fun. For example, I usually go to the gym on Fridays to play badminton. I’m not good at sports, but I enjoy these times in the mornings when I can meet my friends and release stress from a study week. It’s usually from 9:30am to 2:00pm, and you can borrow the racquets there, so no need to carry it around campus.

I love Shoreline’s library!

I spend a lot of time in the library and in the PUB while studying for my classes and socializing. If I really want to concentrate on studies, I prefer going to the Sanctuary, but it’s usually too quiet for me and makes me sleepy. In my spare time, I like hanging out with friends in Downtown and University district, watching old movies, and visiting coffee shops.

My sweet classes…

The classes here are just great basically because of excellent professors. They are always ready to help and share their experiences. Also, the classroom atmosphere is friendly so it’s easy to participate in discussions no matter the topic. So, yeah, I love classes here!

Sundong (Jay) Park, South KoreaJay

Hello, my name is Jay Park. I am Korean but I grew up in Japan. I came to Shoreline Community College in Spring 2013, and I am now majoring in Business. When I decided to come to the United States I had a difficult time deciding which school to attend. Finally I came to Shoreline Community College, and now I think it was the greatest decision I’ve made in my entire life. We receive many kinds of academic supports, such as several tutoring centers and the International Education Office. Also, all the professors here are all professional, so students can learn what they want to learn deeply. Besides academic supports, Shoreline Community College is surrounded by such beautiful nature, and students enjoy participating with activities such as clubs and sports. I’m quite excited to be an International Peer Mentor and to see new coming students. I’m looking forward to seeing you on our wonderful campus!

“Open Gym Day”

The activity I like the most is “open gym day” which is on Friday. On that day, students can use the gym freely, so we usually go to the gym and play whatever sports we want to play. I go to the gym on Fridays and play basketball.

My secret with English writing…

I think the best place in our campus is the “writing learning studio.” When we have problems with English, we can use that studio. There are several tutors there, and we can study with them for free. I usually go there to practice my English.

Professors and staffs are very helpful!

Professors at Shoreline are knowledgeable, wise, and flexible! Also, on our campus we have many staffs to help students with choosing the classes. We have many International Education staffs and academic advisors who are here to help students!

Yilin (Lynn) Wang, ChinaLynn

Hi everyone, I am Lynn, from Shanghai China. I came to Shoreline Community College in Fall Quarter 2012. My major is Business. Studying here has been a wonderful experience since I learned a lot. With the help of ESL classes, I have improved my English skills dramatically. When I first came here, I didn’t even know the meaning of “essay.” However, I am studying English 102, and had good scores in my previous English classes. Furthermore, I gained a lot working experience at Shoreline Community College. I used to work with Outreach team in the International Education office. I was the Program Assistant who helped find and connect with prospective students in China. Thanks to the job, I know more about the higher education system in Untied States. In addition, I developed my interpersonal skills and know how to communicate with the others efficiently. These are precious lessons in my own life. I believe that my working experience at Shoreline will help in the future. It is my pleasure to see more international students come to Shoreline to further study. I hope all of you consider this experience as an adventure on your new journey. It is possible that you will have to face a lot of problems. However,


First of all, I like ISOP (International Student Orientation Program) most. During my own ISOP, I knew many people and found new friends. As a newcomer, ISOP really help me to adapt myself to the new environment. When I am working as an IPM during the ISOP, this activity become more meaningful. It improved my interpersonal skills and leadership. That is why I like ISOP. Also, there are many fun activities around campus, such as the Talent Show and Halloween Festival, which make Shoreline CC life more vivid.

 Enjoy our library a lot!

My favorite place is the library. It is a quiet and friendly place for students to study. Librarians are always there to help everyone. It is really helpful to talk with a librarian when students have problems with their research papers.

 Qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable professors…

I like my class and professor. They are qualified and most of them are experienced. Classes at Shoreline are really interesting and helpful. We have a variety of activities during the whole quarter. These activities do help students become more knowledgeable.

Tang (Patrick) Chan, Hong Kong


Hi, my name is Patrick from Hong Kong. I am currently majoring in Business. I am really excited to be an International Peer Mentor this year. So far, it has been an amazing year for me, from attending classes to joining all different kinds of events. Studying at Shoreline Community College has been one of the best decisions of my life. Besides providing academic support, Shoreline Community College also provides a lot of opportunities for students to participate on campus and expand their social circle. I remember that when I first came here in Fall 2012, I felt nervous and was afraid of talking to new people. However, after getting help from the previous IPMs and staffs from the International Education office, all of this nervousness went away quickly. I feel much more comfortable with meeting people, including faculty and staff here because they are all friendly and nice to everyone. You are always welcoming of questions. No matter where you are from or what you need, we are all here to support you in reaching your goals. I, as an IPM, am looking forward to meeting you, and starting this new journey with you.

Badminton For All!

Something I like to do on campus is to play badminton every Friday afternoon. Sometimes, I get so stressed out from my homework and classes, I and play some sports with friends and hang out with them. We often go to some places that we have not been to before. Sometimes, we found something really interesting or food that are unexpectedly tasty. I like to explore more about Seattle.

Teachers? Wonderful!

I really love my classes at Shoreline CC. My teachers are super nice to answer any questions I ask. They take into consideration different students’ English level and often adjust their teaching styles to let international students better assimilate with the American education system.

Hansen Kwan, IndonesiaHansen

Hello everyone, my name is Hansen and I am an international student from Jakarta, Indonesia. I came to Shoreline Community College in Winter 2013 and right now majoring in Business. Studying abroad in Shoreline is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Here, I’ve gained so much knowledge and experiences. Shoreline Community College provides us with a lot of programs, resources and events to support our studies here. The professors and staffs are very friendly, helpful and supportive. Additionally, it makes us feel comfortable with the new environment. On the other hand, Shoreline has a diverse student population, so it gives us the opportunities to learn more about cultural differences and build more tolerance with it. The variety numbers of club that Shoreline has made me feel more connected with other students and not make me feel homesick. In the same way, Shoreline Community College provides a great learning environment to ensure us to be successful in our college life. As an International Peer Mentor, I just want to say welcome to Shoreline Community College. I hope you will have a great time studying here. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions. Good luck and wish you all the best!

Global Economics Event:

The activity I like the most is the Global Economic Event, where there are lots of guest speakers coming to Shoreline and share information about their own countries. This event really updated my knowledge about worldwide economic issues. If you are in business major, it is a good opportunity to learn more about international economic and political issues.

Professors, Always Prepared!

I really like the classes and professors at Shoreline. They’ve really prepared me for transferring to a university. Moreover, the professors are really helpful, nice and knowledgeable. So don’t hesitate to come and visit to ask questions.

PUB: Short and Simple

I think my favorite place on campus is the PUB. My reason is because we can hang with our friends.

Meet International Peer Mentors 2012-13

The International Peer Mentors (IPMs) are current international students who are here to welcome and introduce you to the vibrant campus life of Shoreline Community College. You’ll see them at Orientation, other special events, and usually whenever you visit the International Education office.

Vimol Mok – Cambodia

Welcome to Shoreline! My name is Vimol, and I’m very excited to be an International Peer Mentor this year! I know you are very excited about coming to explore a new world. Shoreline Community College has a variety of programs and resources that have been helping me to achieve my academic goals of Associate in Sciences. My professors are very supportive in assisting me to build my fundamental skills in American education. Shortly after I arrived here, I realized that there were many activities I could be involved in. During my first quarter, I joined clubs and participated in many enjoyable events that Shoreline offered. These activities helped me to learn about my fellow students and the surrounding community. I like how Shoreline has many friendly students from different countries which given me opportunity for me to learn about global education as well as cultural differences. You will explore and experience many things here, since we have numerous extra-curricular activities on campus to help you to feel connected. I would love to have you as a part of our Shoreline family. Please stop by and ask me any questions you might have. We hope to see you soon!

Davin Utama – Indonesia

Hello everyone, my name is Davin. I came to Shoreline in Fall 2011, and I’m currently majoring in nursing. Coming to Shoreline Community College is the best decision I made in my life. Being a student at the SCC campus is very enriching mainly because of the good opportunities to meet new people from different cultural backgrounds. You will feel comfortable to study inside the campus with great facilities provided by the campus to finish your assignments. Moreover, I like the staffs inside the SCC campus that are very helpful and friendly to the students. I feel this place not just a place for study, but for you to improve your academic skills and reach your goals as an international student. As an IPM I welcome you to become a part of SCC, hoping you to have a great time and wish you all the best.

Michelle Wu – Indonesia

Hello everyone! I hope you all are feeling excited about coming to Shoreline Community College! I am sure that you did not make a wrong decision to come here. I have gained an immeasurable amount of knowledge and experience since I came here in Winter 2012. SCC offers me variety of opportunities and resources to accomplish my personal goals. I love the fun events that are hosted almost every month. It always motivates me to become an active student on campus! There’s always something to do! SCC’s diverse population also has given me the opportunities to make friends with students from other countries and get to know about different cultures. Knowing them makes me feel like I’m traveling around the world. I hope that you will gain similar experience like I did! I know that choosing a school is not an easy decision to make. Even so, as an IPM, I am more than happy to help you to achieve a wonderful college life. SCC’s friendly staff and faculty will also be there to kindly help you with any difficulties. I am looking forward to meeting you all! Don’t forget to say hi when you pass me by.

Sayaka Iida – Japan

Hello everyone, my name is Sayaka Iida. I came to Shoreline in the Fall of 2011. When I came here for the first time, I was very worried about my college life because I could not speak English very well but many other international students could speak fluently. Also, I did not have any friends at that time and did not know who I was able to trust. But many of the students and staffs were very friendly and good people, so feel free to ask for help anytime. Though I still struggle with homesickness and English, SCC gives you many opportunities to join clubs, events, and do volunteer work. Those chances can enhance your school life, English skills, and help you accomplish your dreams. So be active! Don’t hesitate! Don’t be afraid of making mistakes! Please feel free to come and talk to me if you have questions or troubles. I will help you anytime. I am looking forward to meeting all of you on the SCC campus.

Kenneth Sze – Hong Kong

Hello everyone, my name is Kenneth and I come from Hong Kong. I am currently majoring in electrical engineering. Studying abroad is one of the best experiences I have ever had. I first came to Shoreline Community college in Fall 2011 and I met a lot of great teachers which helped me to become more interested in studying. Although you may feel homesick when you first come to Shoreline, don’t worry about it since all the faculty and students in SCC will make you feel like you are part of the Shoreline family. Also, there are a lot of great resources and opportunities for you to explore your interests. Also, SCC provides a great learning environment so that you can be successful in your college life. As an International Peer Mentor, I am excited to meet with you in the coming school year. Please feel free to talk with me or ask me any questions if you see me around campus. I hope you all will have a great time studying at SCC.