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CHAPTER Seven: Engaging International Students
The economic crisis and federal budget cuts have forced many colleges and universities to increase their international student enrollment.In my opinion, there has been a lot of friction when it comes to education and International Students in the United States. This is a problem that has been becoming more alarming each year and the numbers keep increasing.
I agree with the fact that in many studies by scholars it was revealed that most International students cared less about their activities (Harper, 2014).As I am international and I am from dubai. I believe that the problem with the internationalstudents would probably be the psychological mind state that the system is not designed for them to succeed and there are probably other ways for them to make it in life. Sadly, this might be the reason why most international students end up to be alone.
When international students first came in America, they had a problem in many areas. First, they had a problem with research.Theywerenot familiar with the structure of a paper as well as academic resources and citations. It took them a whole term to work both on their own and with people in the Reading-Writing Center to get a good grade on a paper. Second, most of the international student have problem in making friends. They want to integrate and connect with classmates. However, they are still waiting for the American students to approach them because they had trouble in accepting people and building relationships. Third, when international student arrives in the United States, they will be immersed in a different culture than they are used to at home. Known as “culture shock,” the intense feelings of homesickness and irritability. American culture is distinctive, and might be different from their own. They may experience when traveling to a new country with a different cultures and customs which make them feel overwhelming at first. Forth, language barriers are another major problem for internationalstudents. They being unable to communicate fully in English upon arrival at school which can make them very difficult to make friends and to fully succeed in their classes.
From my point of view, theneoracism is the essential problem which faced by international students. I needed to know if we would be subjected to racial discrimination. Racism provides a sense of security and normalcy for many students, and so it is certainly a struggle for many of them to branch out and become more “sociable. Our education of our own students regarding other cultures needs to keep pace with globalization.A recent study by Shideh Hanassah at UCLA, in which she surveyed 640 international students, found that discrimination also extends to these students’ interactions with professors, university staff, classmates, potential employers, and the larger community (Hanassah, 2006). May be the era of blackracism is end but still we face racismsometimes dut to country or religion.
I agree that more efforts by the teachers and administrators in the learning institutions to help the students will likely improve the state of the international students in our nation. As referred in the text, I trust that organizations will facilitate better learning when they learn from previous mistakes and lessons while they also get used to adapting with the changing environment. To solve these issues better I think interpreting convergence would be the best way to solve such situations before things get out of hand.
Form all the situations which face by international students, university administrations have proposed that we need to create safe and welcoming environments by encouraging cross-cultural interactions between domestic and international students. Programs such as “Campus Cousins, Friendship Families, and Global Greek” (Redden, 2013). Other campuses encourage campus integration of international students by offering credited courses that act as semester-long orientations. These courses might target transitional issues (such as housing and transportation), academic issues (such as plagiarism), and educating students about university resources. In addition to interactions with American students, international programs might also offer opportunities to build friendship amongst international students from various countries” (Glass & Braskamp, 2012).
Furthermore, providingadvocacy will be helpful for international student. Start by organizing a welcome event at the beginning of every semester, if possible together with the local groups of international student organizations. The Student Advocate strives will help to listen carefully to their concerns, explain relevant policies and procedures, discuss possible courses of action, and provide guidance, while respecting students’ rights to privacy within the confines of the law and university policy. All of these will give the opportunity for international student to feel comfortable.
Finally, I would like to concur that, for more participation of international students within the campuses, the university should alsopressure Financial support to international student. Financial problem is another big problem which international students have to face, especially those who do not get financial aids and have to pay tuitions and living expenses all by themselves.
Another factor to consider will be the fact that the internationalstudents might need their union which will pass their sentiments to the faculty. It should be the obligation of the faculty to consider all the suggestions of all the students openly and treat the students with fairness and respect. No individual should be treated unfairly just because of his skin, sexual orientation or religion. If we teach peace and love, the students will practice peace and love. On the other hand, if we teach hatred, that will be the reflection that will be mirrored by the younger generations.
In conclusion, we should recognize that having international students on our campus is a unique privilege. They bring cultural diversity and perspectives from which we can all benefit. But the issue of racism definitely reaches further than just misunderstandings between domestic and international students. It’s something we need to actively address so that we can eventually benefit from stimulating cross-cultural interactions between domestic and international students.