How a Student from China Became a Volunteer at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle (and Why She Loves It!)

Yueheng Feng volunteers at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle

I’m Yueheng Feng, an international student from China studying at Shoreline Community College. Five months ago, when I just arrived in Seattle, I was excited and eager to try to adapt to this new environment as quickly as possible. I wanted to get involved not just on campus with different activities but also in the community to expand my social circles. Luckily, I learned about volunteering at the Pacific Science Center from our China Specialist, Ms. Linda Du. She told me about what it is like to volunteer there and encouraged me to apply for it. Of course I would try it because I have always loved exploring in the science centers and I enjoy the chance to help others.

Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA Photo by Ron Clausen [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Very soon after submitting my application, I received an email for the volunteer interview. It was a group interview, which was not as intimidating as I thought. It was just an opportunity for us to meet the Volunteer Coordinators and get to know each other because we might volunteer together in the future. Some of the questions asked at the interview were difficult for me to understand in the beginning, but I tried my best to be brave in a group setting, shared my opinions and expressed myself in English. When I didn’t understand a question, I listened to others and then tried to figure out what the question was asking for. If I still couldn’t understand the question, I just asked the staff and they would ask me again in an easier way. I passed the interview and completed the New Volunteer Orientation in November! By now, I have volunteered as a Guest Ambassador for more than 20 hours. Because of a temporary change with this particular volunteer program, I just re-applied and became a Tinker Tank volunteer recently.

     Before I started volunteering at Pacific Science Center, some friends told me that it would not be easy to be a volunteer there. Even many university students and local high school students want to volunteer there, and I just started learning ESL at that time. I think being confident in myself is very important. I know this is out of my comfort zone and I still need to keep improving myself, but I know I can do this better and better!   

     The Pacific Science Center is located in Seattle Center next to the Space Needle. It takes me about one hour to get there by bus. Volunteers can get bus passes for commuting there. Whenever I’m not too busy with school, I sign up for volunteering shifts. Being a volunteer there is very interesting and fun. I like to engage with guests by asking them questions to start the interaction. There are also many free cookies, candies and chocolates for volunteers. I can also grab a hot beverage for free as another volunteer benefit. Of course the meaningful experience of being a volunteer is way beyond this. People at the Pacific Science Center are very friendly. Other staff and volunteers would help me when I don’t know the answers.

     The Pacific Science Center is a great place. If you want to be a volunteer, you should go there and try! I would regret if I didn’t sign up to be a volunteer there!

To learn more about different volunteer opportunities and apply online, just go to: www.pacificsciencecenter.org/volunteers/

3 Reasons to Stay in Seattle During Winter Break

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:

Go Skiing!

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

Dan Bennett from Seattle, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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 Welcomes New Students from 24 Countries

Shoreline Community College welcomed students from 24 countries, representing 5 of the 7 continents, to Fall 2018 Orientation.

Orientation Crowd

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.

Denish Speech

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.

Students on Dock

3 Things to Do on a Sunny Day in Seattle

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

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

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

Pike Place Market Musician

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.

 

Seafair Torchlight Parade

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.

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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.

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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.

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Come celebrate the 68th year of the Seafair Torchlight Parade!

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Seattle City Council, Pir8teSteve, and Marian Jürgen Regel

Welcome New Students!

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Last week, Shoreline Community College welcomed new international students!

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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.

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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.

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Please welcome them and help make Shoreline Community College feel like a home away from home!

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– Text by Meg Humphrey, photos by 204 Photographers and Yushin Wung

Craft Weekend

Support local artists and small business at three different fun events this weekend!

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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.

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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.

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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.