The students in the 2014-2015 Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program are currently en route to the United States. NWCCI staff at Edmonds Community College, Pierce College and Whatcom Community College are all excited to meet them tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s some more advice from former NWCCI students on how to make the most of your time in the United States. You can also read the first installment of alumni advice here.
- This is full paid scholarship so there are responsibilities and obligations to follow. It is not a fun ride only. – Jorge Bermudez, Panama
- Talking to your family is important, but you don’t need do it every day. Once a week for 20 to 30 minutes is more than enough. Remember, you will not be here forever – Claudia Du Plessis, South Africa
- Don’t forget to write to the previous CCI students. We all want to hear how things are going with the next group. We already lived things you may experience and we may help some advice – Ignacio Soriano, Dominican Republic
- Do not be shy to ask questions. And share your problems with people who are responsible for you. – Serkan Dilemek, Turkey
- Be a good participant and leave a good legacy for the next students, especially from your own country. – Gunawan Setiadi, Indonesia
- Make as many American friends as you can. It helps in many ways to improve the quality of personal and professional life. – Salman Ottamaliyekkal, India
- Try every new opportunity as long as it doesn’t contradict with your core values and beliefs. – Gunawan Setiadi, Indonesia
- Keep your valuable documents secured at all times – Daniel Masenya, South Africa
- Try not to miss any activity that is organized by the program, in any small activity you will learn new thing about US, and about life also. – Mohamed Abdalla Zin, Egypt
- Don’t return home with regrets, because that would be the biggest mistake you could ever make. This is a great privilege which you might never get again. Work with courage and never forget the purpose of why you chose to come to the United States. – Veipune Sarah, India
The NWCCI program is part of the Community College Initiative, an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.