During the Spring 2013 semester, the Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs (ISSP) at the Reves Center for International Studies has organized an exciting and diverse slate of activities for William & Mary’s international student community.
Fun activities ranging from skiing, shopping trips to Emart, an area market specializing in Asian groceries, a Norfolk Admirals game and a yoga class represent some of the options available to university's international students.
These activities and events are planned specifically to bridge the gap between observing and experiencing first-hand the variety of American cultural possibilities in this region.
“The purpose of these events is to help international students acclimate to American culture,” explained Azmeh Amer, ISSP graduate assistant.
“We try and incorporate and balance events that have become ISSP traditions, such as the Halloween pumpkin carving and trip to Washington, D.C., with student recommendations such visiting Virginia Beach.”
In addition to experiencing and participating in American cultural events, offering opportunities to socialize and unwind in the midst of a pressure-filled academic semester also represent important priorities for ISSP programming. In this spirit, ISSP will visit the Virginia Chocolate Festival in Norfolk in March. In April, ISSP will float down the James River.
“ISSP events are a great way to interact with and make new friends within the international community here at W&M while exploring fun things to do in the United States,” commented Amer, herself an international student from Pakistan.
“They are important because they provide an outlet for you to relax and have fun, focus on your wellness and increase your knowledge about America!”
Please contact Azmer Azmeh at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.