With almost a whole month between Fall Quarter and Winter Quarter, many international students choose to travel, whether back to their home countries or around the U.S. and Canada.
But there are plenty of reasons to stay right here in the Seattle area during the winter break! Here are three of our favorites:
Even though it rarely snows in Seattle or Shoreline, and when it does it’s gone in just a day or two, in the mountains nearby, there is plenty of snow for skiing. From Shoreline, you can be on a snow-covered mountain in less than two hours.
Experience a Bavarian-Style Winter Wonderland in Leavenworth
See beautiful Bavarian architecture dressed up in lights for the holidays, walk through the snowy mountain village, or stay warm and cozy inside while enjoying traditional German foods and drinks. Or better yet, do all three!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center
Ring in the new year on the dance floor at a free dance party at Seattle Center, and finish the evening off watching the fantastic fireworks display at the Space Needle!
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.
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.
One of the main events of Seattle Seafair is the Torchlight Parade! The Torchlight Parade is an evening event where more than 100 parade units march, illuminating a path through downtown Seattle. This year’s parade is Saturday, July 29, starting at 7:30pm.
The parade route is along 4th Avenue, and most of the seating is free. There are some reserved seating areas, which people can purchase tickets for on the Torchlight Parade website.
Before the parade starts, there is a Torchlight Fanfest at Seattle Center. There you can get a sneak peek at some of the floats, look around exhibitor’s booths, and get something to eat from the food stalls.
Come celebrate the 68th year of the Seafair Torchlight Parade!
– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Seattle City Council, Pir8teSteve, and Marian Jürgen Regel
Last week, Shoreline Community College welcomed new international students!
The new students come from fifteen different countries, including Peru, Cambodia, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Kuwait! They had many opportunities to get to know each other and Shoreline Community College during orientation, like competing in a scavenger hunt that took them throughout campus.
On Friday they went with the International Peer Mentors on a tour of the University of Washington and sightseeing in downtown Seattle. It was the perfect weather, and the students enjoyed a taste of summer in Seattle.
Please welcome them and help make Shoreline Community College feel like a home away from home!
– Text by Meg Humphrey, photos by 204 Photographers and Yushin Wung
Support local artists and small business at three different fun events this weekend!
The Shoreline Arts Festival has something for everyone. Not only can you view and purchase art from members of the community, there are dance and music performances, food trucks, hands-on art projects, and cultural rooms.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25 Time: Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm Location: Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155 Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for food and souvenirs.
Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest independent craft show. There is a winter and a summer show, and no two events are the same. The artists, designers, and crafters (including chefs and bakers!) are selected by a jury to get the best mix of everything Seattle has to offer.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25 Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for crafts and goodies.
If you’re looking for something really unique, Oddmall – Emporium of the Weird, is taking place at Everett Community College. Oddmall prides itself in their eclectic and diverse lineup of crafters, artists, live performers, authors, and food stalls.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25 Time: Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm Location: Everett Community College – Walt Price Student Fitness Center Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for one of a kind treasures.
Being a student at Shoreline Community College gives you the opportunity to enjoy what makes this area unique. There are several Seattle attractions that will give you a discount for being a student. When you take a study break, think about checking out some of these activities!
The 5th Avenue Theater will give students 50% off same-day tickets, starting 2 hours before show time. If you’re a fan of musical theater, this is definitely one place you should visit.
At the ACT Theatre, students can see plays and musicals for only $15. The ACT prides itself in supporting new and local artists.
For science fiction, media, and popular music fans, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is a must-see. Student tickets are $22, and be sure to check what their traveling exhibits are before you go.
The Seattle Repertory Theatre creates imaginative and lively stage plays and musicals. Students can buy $18 tickets to any of their shows.
You can see the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall for only $12. Along with classical music performances, they do special holiday themed shows and have many guest conductors from all over the world.
On a sunny day, head downtown to the Sky View Observatory. For $9, you can get the best view of Seattle from the 73rd floor observation deck.
For those students who are 19 and younger, check out TeenTix! It’s a Seattle based non-profit organization whose mission is to introduce people to the arts early. Through TeenTix, you can purchase $5 tickets for day-of events for many more Seattle area venues.