Green River grad attending Oxford
I originally came to Green River wanting to do a gap year, looking for an international and educational adventure after high school. After three months at GRCC, however, I was convinced that I wanted to stay and get my Associate's degree. Quite shy when I first got to the U.S., I had managed in a very short time to find a great group of friends, a job on the college newspaper, and I was academically challenged and interested in my classes for the first time in my life.
During my time at GRCC, I learned lessons that I am still using today and without which I would never have gotten into Oxford. Not only did I learn how to write papers, argue well and present in front of large groups of people, the extracurricular activities on campus were also pivotal learning experiences.
I continued my involvement in campus life when I went on to University College Roosevelt in The Netherlands. Because of my involvement in college journalism at GRCC, I was offered a scholarship by the Netherland-America Foundation to participate in The Fund for American Studies' summer program in Washington, D.C. in 2012. Having tutored many fellow international students from Asia during my time at GRCC, I ended up going to Wuhan University, China, in 2013 for a summer program to explore a country I became interested in during my time in the US. And most recently, I was accepted to a prestigious graduate degree at Oxford, something I wouldn't have dreamed of had it not been for the ambition I acquired while studying at Green River.
People often ask me what the main lesson I learned from studying abroad was. It's a question that's impossible to answer. Even a few years later, I occasionally find myself thinking back to experiences that I didn't realize mattered until recently. What I can say is my time at Green River affected me in all walks of life: personal, social, and academic. I'm sure I'll be reaping the benefits for years to come.