Shoreline Community College welcomed students from 24 countries, representing 5 of the 7 continents, to Fall 2018 Orientation.
At Orientation, students registered for classes, got set up with their new email accounts, and learned what they need to know to thrive as new international students. Plus, they got to meet their 2018-19 Associated Student Government President, Denish Oleke, who shared his own experience with them and inspired them to get involved on campus.
Shoreline staff and student leaders also took our new international students on a tour of Seattle and introduced them to some of the most popular places to visit in the city, including Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, and Alki Beach.
Spring is here once again, and with the sunshine and warm weather come baby ducks and baby geese!
You can see lots of them from the walking and biking path along Green Lake in the north part of Seattle, just about a fifteen-minute drive from Shoreline’s campus. They are 100% adorable.
As a bonus, here is some fun vocabulary: young ducks are called “ducklings,” and the word for a young goose is “gosling.”
Since we’re currently enjoying our nearly annual April/May mini summer, we thought this would be a good opportunity to share some ideas on what to do on a sunny day in Seattle. The forecast for this weekend is looking warm and mostly sunny. Whatever you do, make sure you get outside and soak up some vitamin D!
1. See the best view of Seattle from Kerry Park
Located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, Kerry Park is home to the most dramatic views of the Emerald City (one of Seattle’s nicknames), with the Space Needle standing tall in front of the downtown skyscrapers, and Mount Rainier huge in the distance.
2. Walk along the waterfront
Golden Gardens in Ballard is a beautiful place to walk along the Puget Sound. There are many other options as well, though. Alki Beach in West Seattle offers great views of downtown Seattle across the water, while Discovery Park in Magnolia has a whole range of hiking options, from woods to bluffs to beach, if you want a little more variety.
3. Enjoy the musicians at Pike Place Market
In addition to being famous for coffee, Seattle is famous for its musical culture, home to famous musicians such as Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix, arguably the best guitar player of all time. On the street outside of Pike Place Market, you can hear all different kinds of music. There are singing groups, guitar players, and, here, a trumpet player.
All cultures have their own myths and tales. Sometimes myths explain how the Earth was formed and created, or discuss heroes and magical figures. Others are used to teach valuable lessons about how to behave or why people live a certain way. These stories are universal, and there is a lot to learn from the myths of other countries.
The International Myths & Tales Panel will be in the Quiet Dining Room in the PUB on Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm. Celebrate International Education Week and join your fellow Shoreline students and staff as we share myths and tales from all over the globe!
For more information about International Education Week, check out the International Education Facebook page. Don’t miss the Photo Contest, Study Abroad Fair, Language Tables, and Badminton Tournament!
– Meg Humphrey
The Language Tables are back for International Education week! Stop by PUB Lobby on Thursday, November 16 from 11:30am – 1:00pm to try out languages like Japanese, Punjabi, and French.
You’ll learn some quick and useful phrases as well as see some student work from the languages taught here at Shoreline. If you’re interested in world languages and traveling, this is a great event for you to visit.
For more information about International Education Week, check out the International Education Facebook page. Don’t miss the Photo Contest, Study Abroad Fair, International Myths & Tales Panel, and Badminton Tournament!
– Meg Humphrey
Friday, October 27 is the Halloween Dance hosted by the International Peer Mentors. Join us in the PUB from 6:00pm – 9:00 pm for dancing, refreshments, a costume contest, raffles, a photo booth, and games! Costumes are not mandatory, but are encouraged.
The Adventure Builder’s Club will also be hosting an escape room, and the International Club will be hosting a Zombie Room. There will be limited space for both of these rooms, so plan to arrive on time!
Fill out this survey to make sure your favorite song is played during the night: Music Requests for Halloween Dance.
Make sure you review the guidelines for the event before you arrive:
- All attendees need to bring their Shoreline ID
- No cultural appropriation
- No weapons, real or fake
- No big bags – coat and bag check will be available
- No alcohol allowed – intoxicated people will be asked to leave
We can’t wait to see you there!
Follow the International Education Facebook page for more events and activities around campus!
It has become a tradition for the Japanese students in Shoreline’s TRAJAL Hospitality Program (TJHC) to host a Japanese Cultural Festival for the school. Cultural festivals (bunkasai) are very popular in Japan, in all levels of schools, from kindergartens to universities.
At the Shoreline Japanese Cultural Festival, attendees got to play games with the students, try on kimono and yukata, and make origami. For a souvenir to take home, you could get your name written in Japanese calligraphy (shodo).
This year, students performed Soran Bushi, a traditional dance about a prosperous fishing haul. They also had a wishing tree where you write your wish on a small piece of paper (tanzaku) and hang it from the tree. These are often see in Japan during festivals like Tanabata.
If you see the TJHC students around campus, make sure to say hi! Keep up to date with more events around campus by following the SCC International Education Facebook.
– Meg Humphrey
Now that you’ve had time to adjust to your new classes and catch up on your reading, it’s time to see what else Shoreline has to offer! Join us on Wednesday, October 18 for the Back to School Kick-off event. It will take place in the PUB Main Dining Room from 11:30am – 2:30pm.
There will be over 50 student organizations there, covering a wide range of interests and causes. Joining a club is a great way to meet people and make new friends.
Whether your goal is to learn about other cultures (or celebrate your own), find a fun way to exercise, improve your skills, or make this world a better place, you’ll find the right organization for you.
Check out the active club roster to get an idea of who will be there! Follow the International Education Facebook for more events and school news.
– Meg Humphrey