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Amanda: Reverse culture shock
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Amanda: Reverse culture shock

Many of our student returnees say that readjusting to their home cultures is more difficult than initially adjusting to the United States. Challenges associated with returning home and readjusting to one’s home culture are referred to as reentry or reverse culture shock. Here, NWCCI Associate Director Amanda Fletcher writes about her reentry experience and what she … Continue reading

Current Students

Edmonds end of the year video

Wednesday was a long day of tearful “goodbye for nows” as the students from Edmonds and Whatcom headed back to their home countries.  We know they are celebrating reuniting with friends and family, and eating favorite foods, but it is lonely on our campuses today! This slideshow created by Azhar Amiruddin from Indonesia highlights just some of the memories from … Continue reading

Current Students

Whatcom farewell video

This year went by too quickly and we cannot believe it is already time to say goodbye! Whatcom and Edmonds students are going home tomorrow, and Indonesian superstar Heri Kurniawan created this wonderful video to highlight the experiences of this year’s students from Whatcom Community College.  Safe travels and we will miss you!   The … Continue reading

Shay: It is our responsibility to create awareness
Current Students

Shay: It is our responsibility to create awareness

The Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) takes prides in introducing students to  the U.S. system of government. Here Shay Haq, a NWCCI student studying business management at Whatcom Community College, writes about the importance of knowing one’s rights and advocating for others. He compares a fundamental difference between the U.S. and his home country of Pakistan. … Continue reading

Shahida: Succeeding with family support
Current Students / Friendship Families

Shahida: Succeeding with family support

Friendship families are an integral part of the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) experience and one of the best ways for students to learn about American culture through interaction with a local family.  Here Shahida Baig shares original artwork and writes about how her friendship family has been a support system during her time in the United States, … Continue reading

Ivy the Intern: Working with inspiring young leaders
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Ivy the Intern: Working with inspiring young leaders

As students in the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program are enjoying their last weeks in the United States, Ivy Raines is also finishing her time at Edmonds Community College. Ivy, an American student, assisted incoming students adjust to U.S. culture during orientation. Ivy plans to begin her next chapter at St. Lawrence University in the fall … Continue reading