Asbury Welcomes Intercultural Students
August 4, 2016
Students from all over the world begin their journey at Asbury University today through Intercultural New Student Orientation (INSO).
A four-day program, INSO helps new intercultural students navigate cultural differences and build community, giving them a head start on orientation before the rest of the freshman class arrives for Welcome Week on Aug. 9. Classes for all students begin Aug. 15. (Click here to view a schedule for INSO 2016 or click here for the Welcome Week 2016 schedule.)
This weekend, students from 20 countries — including China, South Korea, Philippines, Colombia, Mexico, Pakistan and Iraq — are enjoying a warm welcome into the Asbury community.
“INSO is a terrific experience,” said Susannah Searls ‘19, a student who completed INSO last year and is serving as a student leader this year, along with Ethan Garrett ‘19. “Getting to know other intercultural students and missionary kids helped me build community right from the start, and I loved it.”
In addition to adjusting to college life just like other students, intercultural students experience the added challenge of acclimating to a new culture. The transition can be equally difficult for third-culture students — those who have grown up in a culture other than their parents’ home culture. Through INSO, students get extra support for success.
“INSO is an important step, because for a lot of these students, it’s their first time coming into America and this is an easy way to help them adjust,” said Searls, who grew up in Hungary. “They can get up to speed on things like how to go shopping or how leave a tip, and they also have the INSO community as a safe place to come to.”
Throughout the weekend, INSO will introduce students to their new home with community–building activities, a shopping trip to acquaint students with nearby stores, panel discussions with faculty and staff and practical tips for academic success.
“I grew up in Senegal, where we have a very different approach to time,” said Garrett. “One of the big things I learned was time management — learning to work through things in an efficient manner, not pulling too many all-nighters and getting organized.”
As much as INSO contributes to intercultural students’ success, though, students themselves bring a wealth of new perspectives to Asbury’s student body.
“We are so excited to begin this journey with our intercultural and third-culture students,” said Esther Jadhav, director of Intercultural Programs at Asbury. “The contributions they make to our campus are significant, and we are thrilled to welcome them into our community.”
To learn more about Intercultural Programs at Asbury, visit: asbury.edu/intercultural