Nov 15 2017

A Peek Into My World: What it’s like to be an international student at EMU

by blogemu

Upon meeting someone, it usually takes a person about 30 seconds to realize I am not American. As soon as I open my mouth to say something, people on campus realize I am an international student, and a sassy one at that.

 

Some of  the questions that I get asked on a regular basis as an international student invlude, “Why did you come to America?”, “What language are you dreaming in?”, “Where do you want to live in the future?”

 

If you are really interested in what life is like as an international student in America, then keep reading because I have some insights for you.

 

  • You can’t hide your identity

It’s not just your accent and name that turns you in, it’s the way you look and dress. It’s the way you talk and walk, and there might be something in your eyes that just screams – DIFFERENT. My advice to other international students would be to enjoy it, and take advantage of your difference. The different side in you is the one thing that will help you stand out.

 

  • You need to get used to the unique language

As an international student there are quite a few American sayings that I struggled with understanding at first. Some of these sayings that didn’t “ring a bell” when I first heard them included, The best thing since sliced bread, or to be held on by a thread,once in a blue moon.” How about saying Yup, instead of thank-you? or giving you the cold shoulderwhen you accidentally drive someone up the wall”? can someone get a “penny for my thoughts” here?

 

  • You represent your country, everyday, even if you don’t want to

International students don’t need to wear their country’s flag around their back to represent their country or ethnic identity. They can however, represent their home countries positively by treating others with respect and kindness. Also with their opinions, habits, gestures and behavior. As an international student, you are an ambassador of your country, everyday. Even if you don’t want to be, so remember that.

 

  • My gosh, those papers are hard

Grammar can be your worst enemy as a student in a country outside of your home language. As an international student simple grammar as well as vocabulary sometimes just doesn’t make sense in your brain.The worst of all is trying to master proper spelling! While these may seem like challenges at first, luckily with spell check these mistakes can be corrected. In my opinion, spell check is the best thing since sliced bread.

 

  • Being misunderstood

This thing that I wanted to say made perfect sense in my head, but here I am standing with this american who is trying to help me but doesn’t seem to guess what I want. Is it the way I pronounce and express myself? Being misunderstood can be frustrating and disheartening as an international student.

 

  • American food?!

Let me just say, peanut butter and jelly is weird! But that’s only the beginning of it. Why is there so much candy everywhere? What are these easy prep kits for meals? And these “just add water” formulas to the most complex dishes? It seems to me that everything is frozen and process. Can we go back to the simple life please? I really don’t want to get fat while living here. Luckily, campus has many healthy options that I choose from.

 

  • Homesick!

There is no cure for a case of homesickness. Somedays are just harder than others. There are days where your brain fails to cooperate in correct English, days where you just wish you could go to your favorite restaurant at home and eat the food you are used to, and days where you really wish your parents could share with you or moments where it would have been swell to just listen to the radio in your native language. While you can’t recreate traditional things that you love from your home country, you can do some of the American things that you love to help cheer you up!

 

Despite the challenges I have faced and overcome, I love America. Specifically, Eastern Michigan University have given me a lifetime experience from every possible perspective.

 

I wouldn’t trade the experience of studying at EMU for anything. The people I have met, the education I have received, and the sports team I am a part of are some of the best opportunities I could ever ask for in life.

 

To any international students, just remember, it’s okay to be different, and to have different biases and experiences. The challenges internationals are facing will only make us stronger, and we are lucky enough to have our university proud of the national and international diversity. Indeed, YouAreWelcomeHere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michal Liberman is an EMU swimmer and junior majoring in public relations and is swimmer. She is from Israel, works part time in the EMU Division of Communications and is featured in EMU’s #YouAreWelcomeHere banner campaign.

Nov 09 2017

The Season Of Giving- Give back with EMU!

by blogemu

There are many reasons why people volunteer. For some people, it’s the feeling of giving back or helping to better your community.

 

For others, it’s the opportunity to develop new skills and relationships. Maybe you only volunteer because it looks good on a resume or because you’re part of an org that requires volunteer hours.

 

Whatever the reason you volunteer may be, Eastern Michigan University and the Ypsilanti community have a ton of ways to give back.

 

Swoop’s Student Food Pantry is an org run by students for students. With the help of EMU faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers, Swoop’s Student Food Pantry provides current EMU students in need with food assistance and other resources to help their college success. You can give either your time, money, or non-perishable donations to this wonderful campus-based org.

 

VISION, or Volunteers Incorporation Service Into Our Neighborhoods is another campus based volunteer opportunity. This organization provides students with opportunities to learn more about social issues, develop leadership skills, and participate in a variety of different volunteer events. VISION’s student- led programs can provide you with LBC credit, pre-student teaching hours, a sense of community and a great way to get involved in the Ypsilanti community.

 

Since 2003, Growing Hope has been helping to empower the community through growing fresh produce. Their gardens are multipurpose. They provide produce, education, and positive social change. The organization promotes gardening in home, school, and community settings. Growing Hope engages 700 youth and teens gardening, healthy cooking and nutrition.

 

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels has a long history of providing volunteer prepared meals to those in need. Since its founding in 1973, the organization has grown to meet the needs of the community. Their volunteers can do everything from delivering meals, researching and writing grants, office work, photography and more. Join Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels in providing approximately 200 hot meals and 200 cold meals each day.

Nov 01 2017

Midterms are just around the corner, are you ready?

by blogemu

Midterm Study Tips

 

It may feel like the school year just started, but we are already approaching the halfway point.

 

With this means that fall weather (or in our case what feels like early winter weather) is in full swing, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are in stock, and midterms are ready to be taken.

 

One good thing about midterms is that now is your chance to see what your professors’ exams will look like come finals time.

 

For now, here are some tips on how to study for these tests:

 

  • Flashcards – It makes it easier if you’ve made flashcards throughout the year but it’s not impossible to catch yourself up in the weeks leading up to the midterm. You can put terms and definitions or even put important topics with descriptions on the cards. There is no limit to what can be put on the them. Color coordinating different topics or chapters can help your mind better remember what goes with what and help on the day of the test when attempting to recall information.

 

  • Quizlet – This free website utilizes the concept of flashcards but makes it easier to use and allows you to keep your flashcards with you everywhere you go. You make an account on their website, then you can create as many stacks of flashcards as you’d like and separate them by chapters or units. You can look at the information you’ve entered in standard flashcard form or you can choose from some of their interactive games that help you study your information in a different way. In addition, if you don’t have the time to make your own, you can always look up another stack of flashcards that someone else has made and study of off theirs. It’s a great tool if you’re in a rush or just looking for quick study session.

 

  • Study w/ a friend – One of the best ways to study is to get someone from your class (or even a friend that isn’t) and plan to study together. You can quiz one another on terms, ask questions and bounce ideas off one another. If you can, get together a whole group of people because what everybody knows can be different. and you can learn something you didn’t know before.

 

  • Switch up the scenery – Getting sick of looking at your dorm walls? EMU has many unique study places for its students. You can try the lounge in your dorm, the study spaces in the library (the third floor is the quiet floor!), and the student center has a study room near the new lobby shop on the main floor. You will never run out of places to try.

 

  • SLEEP – Last but not least, get some rest. Don’t stay up until 4 am every night studying and attempting to cram everything into your brain in one night. Space it out and get a good night’s sleep leading up to midterms week. You don’t want to study endlessly just to fall asleep during the test.

 

 

Olivia Wash is a sophomore at EMU and is currently majoring in marketing with a minor in apparels, textiles, and merchandising. She is involved with BlogEMU, AMA and the Honors College. When she’s not working for the Marketing Street Team or in class, you can find her working at Urban Outfitters in downtown A2.