Tutoring and Working with International, Non-Traditional, and First-Generation Students

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Paulina Romero-Rodrigues As a first-generation immigrant from Mexico who completed her entire schooling in United States, speaks better English than her native language Spanish, and has had the fortune of traveling and studying various cultures and languages, I always thought my career trajectory would lead me to something “exciting” like the United Nations or UNICEF. I never intended to end...

Welcoming International Students: 3 Necessities to Feel at Home in a New Culture

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Elizabeth Adams I’ll never forget that last look as the van drove me away. Each moment the buildings got smaller while the hole in my heart grew bigger. When I had first arrived as a foreign teacher in this flourishing coastal city in Asia, I never imagined how much it would hurt to leave. It wasn’t just the place where I lived; it was my home. Picture: Enjoying last meals with friends before...

My Story: Wanting a "Normal" American High School and College Experience

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Gudrun Nyunt I am from Austria. There, I said it. For the longest time, my identity as an international or foreign-born student/professional was not something I wanted to talk about. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to talk about my home country or background; I just got frustrated when people seemed to only be interested in this one aspect of my identity. Bregenz, Austria - Gudrun's hometown I...

Enhancing Global Consciousness: Inviting International Student Voices into our Communities of Practice

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Sarina Chugani Molina As a teacher educator and English teacher of over 20 years, I have learned much from my work with refugees, migrant, immigrant and international students and teachers both in domestic and international contexts. As an international student and multilingual user of English myself, I came to realize the different ways in which I conceptualized the world as an English...

An Ending is a New Beginning - Part 2

Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
By Vicky Lee “Job searching” was one of the most daunting phases that I have ever been through during graduate school. Being an international student complicates things even more. The daunting “job search” haunted me constantly for 6 months - SIX SOLID MONTHS - while I was also working at both my assistantship and practicum site, as well as taking full-time graduate coursework. To say that job...