|
|
|
Morning Sun
  • HOME AWAY FROM HOME

  • Red and gold are typically the colors most associate with Pittsburg State University.



    But when Taiwan native Chien-Yao Lai arrived here to prepare for classes at PSU, it was the color green that caught her eye.

    • email print
  • Red and gold are typically the colors most associate with Pittsburg State University.
    But when Taiwan native Chien-Yao Lai arrived here to prepare for classes at PSU, it was the color green that caught her eye.
    "I've never seen so many trees," said Lai, who likes to go by Belinda. "In my country, in the capital city (Taipei), there aren't too many spaces for trees."
    Belinda joined about 200 other international students who will begin their PSU experience this fall. And this week, the students are receiving a crash course on what to expect from PSU life and many of them are soaking in their first experience in the United States.
    "Some of them have been here before," said Chuck Olcese, director of PSU International Programs and Services, "but by and large, this is the first taste of America for most of the students."
    International student orientation began Monday, one week before classes begin on August 24. The week-long introduction to the campus kicked off with a welcome luncheon hosted by PSU administration.
    On Tuesday, students observed a formal presentation on life at PSU, an activity that included talks on cultural adjustments and academic integrity. A campus tour and scavenger hunt took place Tuesday afternoon.
    Throughout the rest of the week, the students will participate in immigration meetings and adviser appointments. Sunday evening, the students will join incoming freshmen for a pool party at the Pittsburg Aquatic Center.
    Olcese said it's important that the university offer this extensive orientation process so that the new students have time to adapt to their new surroundings.
    "It gives them time to get in and settled and situated," he said. "It allows them to get started making the adjustments they are going to go through before all of the other students begin converging on campus."
    Olcese also said the orientation gives PSU staff the chance to help the students complete all of the necessary meetings and paperwork that goes along with studying abroad.
    "And of course, it gives us time to introduce them to our culture," he said.
    So far, the students seem to like what they see.
    "I like the nature here," said Chohee Lee, of Korea. "I like the Kansas countryside. The school is very calm, very good."
    The local university is no stranger to international students. Last year, PSU played host to nearly 500 international students from 40 different countries.
        • »  EVENTS CALENDAR