Wendy Couch, a graduate assistant at the Reves Center and the main force behind organizing events for International Students, Scholars and Programs (ISSP), is still hard at work despite the summer break. Even with fewer classes in session and a smaller number of students on campus she continues to plan a wide range of activities for those spending their summers in Williamsburg.
For Couch, Reves Center programming becomes especially important during periods when other groups on campus are less active. “Many international students stay in Williamsburg over the summer,” she explains. “Most clubs and teams, however, don’t meet during the summer and I want students to have the opportunity to take a break from their studies and enjoy the area.” So far trips to area retail establishments, summer movies, and a day trip to Yorktown Beach have all proven popular with students eager to explore the local community with friends.
A July 9 trip to Waller Mill Park offered Indonesian graduate student Adithia Kusno (pictured) a chance to try kayaking for the first time. In addition to enjoying the opportunity to get out on the water, Kusno appreciated the time to unwind. “To have a good time with friends and relax was the best part about kayaking,” he reports.
Eva Wong, International Student and Scholar Advisor at the Reves Center, is delighted with the popularity of Couch’s ISSP summer programming. “During breaks, summer or winter, staying in the area can be quite lonely for international students who don’t have family here,” notes Wong. “We try our best to create opportunities for students to get together, meet new people and interact with the community around the Williamsburg area. It looks like students have been taking advantage of our summer programming because spots have been filling up quickly.”
Upcoming summer ISSP social events include an evening of bowling and a few rounds of miniature golf.
More information about all ISSP programming is available on the Reves Center website.