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          New international student orientation session debuts

          Sage Schaff

          Issue date: 8/27/10 Section: News
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          While many Case Western Reserve
          University students were
          saying goodbye to family or wrapping
          up summer internships two
          weeks ago, this year's incoming
          international students took part in
          the debut of the International Student
          Orientation session.

          As CWRU's international
          student populartion steadily increased
          throughout recent years,
          the need for a separate orientation
          period to welcome them to Cleveland
          became more and more apparent.
          Last school year, members
          of the SAGES program worked
          with administration to create such
          an orientation. Their hard work
          finally came to fruition Aug. 13-
          16 as CWRU's first ever International
          Student Orientation (ISO)
          kicked off with great success.

          The overall goal of ISO was to
          make the transition to new environments,
          peers, and responsibilities
          as smooth and comfortable
          as possible for the new students.
          Shengbo Wang, one of nineteen student ambassadors (the equivalent
          of orientation leaders in regular
          sessions) claimed that the program
          most certainly achieved that
          goal. "In past years, [international
          students] were basically dropped
          off the plane," said Wang. He
          said international students had a
          very difficult time, "surviving in
          this new environment". He felt
          that this year's incoming students
          seemed more relaxed during the
          four-day session.

          The ISO began with an informal
          dinner hosted by CWRU's
          Undergraduate Student Government
          to welcome the international
          students to the university. Once
          the ice was broken, the group then
          spent the next few days taking in
          the city of Cleveland. Wang said
          that the trip to an Indians baseball
          game at Progressive Field was
          one of the most interesting activities.
          "Basketball is so popular in
          China, and the Europeans all have
          soccer," he explained. "For many
          students it was their first time seeing
          a baseball game.

          After setting up bank accounts, purchasing cell phones, and learning about public transportation, the students delved into their primary pursuit at CWRU: academics. They split up into various departments depending on their field of study, meeting with deans and faculty to discuss the coming school year.
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          • Major work on LGBT Center completed
          • Meet your USG Executive Board
          • More to coffee than its morning punch
          • New international student orientation session debuts
          • Optimizing your credit cards
          • University names new controller
          • USG Briefs: Filer to be taken offline


          • A conversation with Otto Penicka, voice of Spartan athletics
          • Another year, another slap in the face
          • Conference Previews
          • Men's XC team to avenge snub
          • Spartan Spotlight: Cindy Spahn
          • Spartan women have their eye on return trip to Nationals
          • Women's Soccer looks to build on surprising season


          • Flouting the system, 101
          • Letter to the Editor: Commutes Students Association offers home to all CWRU students
          • Sex and Dating
          • Spreading the wealth
          • Student body, SEC ready to move on


          • Going back to Those Gold Soundz: I was a six-year-old Phish phan
          • Kate Voegele, Meagan McCormick charm crowd at Welcome Back Concert
          • One student's story: wielding Magic in foreign countries.
          • Scott Pilgrim epitomizes style over substance in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
          • SEC positively affecting campus
          • The Buzz
          • Welcome Back Comedy Night a real laugh
          • Welcome Days
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