Raju: Changed perspectives on neighboring countries
Alumni

Raju: Changed perspectives on neighboring countries

Every Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) cohort includes students from around the world.  This provides our participants with the unique opportunity to live and learn with people they would probably never otherwise meet.  Close bonds form and NWCCI alumni often report learning more than they could have imagined about the places their new friends come … Continue reading

Sana: The mixed feelings of going home
Alumni

Sana: The mixed feelings of going home

Many student returnees say that readjusting to their home culture is more difficult than it was to initially adjust to their host culture when they were abroad.  The process of returning home and readjusting to one’s home culture is commonly referred to as reentry or reverse culture shock. Below Sana Naz, who studied at Whatcom Community College … Continue reading

Ashwini: Discovering my hidden strengths
Current Students

Ashwini: Discovering my hidden strengths

Participants in the Northwest Community College Initiative program (NWCCI) are encouraged to focus on their strengths and use those strengths to become more effective leaders.  Below Guduru Sadanand Ashwini, a media student from India at Pierce College, writes about discovering her hidden strengths during a Dependable Strengths workshop at the NWCCI mid-year leadership retreat. In the Dependable Strengths … Continue reading

Endor: Living and sharing with a wonderful family
Current Students / Friendship Families

Endor: Living and sharing with a wonderful family

Endor E. Rebolledo, a Colombian student who studied tourism and hospitality as part of the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program at Whatcom Community College, writes about his first few weeks in the United States. Students at some of our campuses stay with host families when they first arrive, and many maintain close relationships. Here Endor shares … Continue reading