Tips for Finals

Start Preparing Early! Trying to cram an entire quarter’s notes into your head the night before a test is not a good way to study. A final paper you wrote the day before it was due will not be your best work. Take time now to make a plan! Make lists of all the things you need to do and spread them out evenly over the days before finals. If your instructors haven’t already said what finals will be like, don’t be afraid to ask them. They’ll be glad you’re taking studying seriously.

Find the Right Environment to Study! How and where you study is important. Study groups and studying with friends can be helpful to keep each other on track. However, if you spend more time chatting than reviewing, try studying by yourself instead. Sometimes studying at home can be difficult because you don’t have a good study space or you end up doing something else in your room. Try going out to a library or a café where the only thing you have to do is study.

Use Your Technology Wisely! Your phone or laptop can be great tools, but it’s easy to end up browsing social media or watching a movie rather than studying. If you don’t need to be on the internet to do your studying, turn your wi-fi off and keep your phone in your bag or pocket.

Set Small Goals! Forty pages of notes, 8 chapters of reading, or a 10 page paper can be overwhelming. It’s important to set smaller, easier goals. It’s also important to take proper breaks when you reach those goals. Breaking it down into a step-by-step process, and giving yourself proper rest, will help you get through it!

Start Your Day Right! Don’t worry if you had to leave your home in a hurry, the International Peer Mentors will be hosting a Finals Breakfast Tuesday, December 12 through Thursday, December 14. Stop by the third floor of the PUB between 8:00am and 10:30am to pick up a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, yogurt, pastries, or fruit! For more information, see the Finals Breakfast Facebook event page.

– Meg Humphrey

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Get Spooky and Shake Your BOOty!

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.

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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!

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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!

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Follow the International Education Facebook page for more events and activities around campus!

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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
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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)

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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
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2017 Graduation BBQ

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The International Peer Mentors and the Arts & Entertainment Board worked hosted the 2017 Graduation Barbeque at Carkeek Park!

The weather forecast threatened rain and thunderstorms, but it turned out to be beautiful afternoon.

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Staff and student workers prepared hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken burgers, and veggie burgers. There were plenty of chips, cookies, and cake to go around.

Some students got into a water gun fight while others started a competitive game of soccer.

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It was a fun way for students to come together, celebrate the graduating seniors, and kick off commencement weekend!

– Meg Humphrey, photos by Megan Lo

IPM Open House

05-30-17 IPM Open HouseShoreline Community College’s International Peer Mentors will have an Open House event on Thursday, June 1st, from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in the Quiet Dining Room in the PUB!

There will be four stations which includes board games like Tsuro, Connect Four, and Mancala, graduation crafts, fun personality tests, and a community art project!

Free food and drink will be provided, too. Please come have fun and relax with the IPMs before finals!