Opportunities Await International Students at the University of Minnesota

October 2, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs

We’ve come from around the world to the University
of Minnesota to learn new things, have new experiences, and pursue our dreams. The University is a big, diverse, and exciting
place to be, and sometimes that can feel overwhelming. Especially if English isn’t your first language. Sometimes class discussions move too quickly
for me to jump in. How do other students read everything they’re
assigned? It takes me all night. Sometimes, I feel like people don’t want to
be in group projects with me. I’m funny in my native language, but it’s
harder to be funny in English. Even though my TOEFL score was high, I’m still
nervous about asking questions in class. It’s easy to feel discouraged sometimes, and
some may judge us because our English isn’t perfect. But we also know how valuable being multilingual
is. I can think outside the box to solve problems. I can communicate with so many more people. Effective communication is something that
employers value. I’m more creative and flexible in new situations. I know that being multilingual will be important
in my future career. Studying at the U, we’re learning and experiencing
so much and there are so many opportunities to improve our communication skills. I went to career services and I feel more
confident to network and interview. I go to English support service for extra
practice. I’m learning more academic vocabulary for
my major. I’m taking a class to improve my speaking
skills. All students improve their language skills
while studying at the U. We’re all learning new vocabulary. We’re all adjusting to new expectations for
reading and writing in our major. All learning how to interact with a diverse
community and finding ways to manage our workload and time. While we are here, halfway across the world,
let’s find opportunities to expand our language skills. This might mean taking risks and stepping
out of our comfort zones. We’ve made it this far. Let’s take advantage of everything the University
of Minnesota offers to continue building our communication skills.