Advice from Current Students

As you prepare for life at Gordon, read some advice from current international and MK students to help with the transition!


 

"Transitioning into college is a lot, but be open-minded and comfortable as you discover yourself. I have learned so much about myself since I started college and it took courage to embrace who I was becoming."

—Sarah Uwandori '20, Rwanda
 

"Fear of change can destabilize your peace, but Gordon has provided resources to help. Take advantage of the resources of ISO, knowledge from upperclassmen, and International Student Services. Build solid relationships in the beginning and don’t wait until it’s too much to handle."

—Tochi Anioke '20, Nigeria
 

"Professors at Gordon care about students. They are available whenever students seek help, and they are willing to meet, talk and understand. I strongly advise you to get help from the Academic Support Center if you need any help with exam preparation, time management, and writing."

—Somara Chea '19, Cambodia

"Get out your comfort zone. Get off campus. Get used to American food. Make American friends. Take risks. Go watch at least one baseball game."

 —Jonathan Markgraff '20, South Africa
 

"You’re more vulnerable and valuable than you know. It’s a new chapter, be open to changes. Be ready to engage with different opinions, cultures, and pay attention in New Testament class."

—Kwame Nkrumah-Ababio '20, Ghana

It's okay to start slow. Don't feel like you need to have your major, friend group, and four-year plan all in place as some of them will change. Learn and absorb as much as you can and make adjustments accordingly. 

—Sabrina Chueh '20, Taiwan
 

"Make sure you stay connected by bringing things from your country and your home. Don't be afraid to be different or admit if you have no idea what is going on."

—Jessica Hunkler '14, Switzerland and U.S.A.
 

"Electric outlets are 110v, not 220!"

—Jooyeol Daniel Kim '14, South Korea
Lived in the Philippines

 

"Find other international students you can talk to about what you are going through because they understand and sometimes just talking about it helps!"

—Maya Bam '12, Ukraine
 

"Get plugged into a local church."

—Christopher Samuel '14, India
 

"Please do participate in La Vida. It's awesome, period."

—Pyeongjae Peter Lee '15, South Korea
Lived in China