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    International Student Orientation

    Welcome all newly admitted students - we look forward to seeing you soon!

    The dates for 2019 International Student Orientation (ISO) are as follows:

    Fall 2019 International Student Orientation (ISO) Program

    Arrival/residence hall move-in for Global Scholars Program (GSP) participants:  Monday, July 15, 2019

    Arrival/residence hall move-in for all other International Students, Exchange Visitors, and Third Culture Kid (TCK)/Global Nomad Students:  Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    International Student Orientation:  Wednesday, August 14th – Friday, August 16th, 2019


    ISO 1                     ISO 4

    Orientation Description:

    At the beginning of each term, International Student & Scholar Services holds a mandatory orientation program for new international students. This program is designed to provide you with valuable information and facilitate your transition to Colorado College.  By participating in the International Student Orientation, you will gain essential information about:

    • immigration rules and regulations that affect your visa status
    • student health services and health insurance requirements at CC
    • academic and student life at CC
    • campus and community resources
    • living in Colorado Springs
    • opportunities to meet other new international and domestic students at CC

    Fall 2019 ISO Leaders

    The ISO Leader program at Colorado College exists to foster meaningful interactions between current CC students and incoming international students and exchange visitors.  ISO Leaders begin communicating with our new international students before they arrive on campus to help them prepare for what's ahead at CC.  Throughout the fall semester, leaders will continue to support these students by organizing events and serving as a resource for questions about U.S. culture and academic life at CC.

    Each new international student will be assigned an ISO Leader who will assist you in your transition to life at CC.  Meet your ISO Leaders here:  

     Fiki MacFadden picFiki MacFadden - Class of 2020  Email: f_macfadden@coloradocollege.edu

    Hi! My name is Fiachra, but you can call me Fiki (fee-key). Both of my parents are Irish, but I've spent my whole life in Singapore.  At CC I major in History-Political Science with a regional focus on Asia, and I have two minors: Chinese and Asian Studies.  Some of the things I'm involved with at CC include working at the writing center and helping people work through their essays, as well as tutoring refugees in Colorado Springs with the CC Refugee Alliance.  I really enjoy hiking, reading, and eating spicy food!

    3 pieces of advice:

    • Get involved in clubs to meet new people!
    • Take advantage of all the grants ($$$) that CC has to offer.
    • Failure is all part of the process of being at College.  Don't beat yourself up if you find yourself running into failure!

    Rosa Ma picRosa Ma - Class of 2022  Email: r_ma@coloradocollege.edu

    Hi All! Welcome to CC! My name is Rosa Ma, one of the ISO leaders for this year! I'll share a little bit about myself. I'm a student from class of 2022 and currently studying Film & Media Studies at CC. I'm from Shanghai, China and I spent four years of high school in New York. I'm a dancer (used to be a ballet dancer and now a hiphop dancer) and a traveler. I also like to go skiing and have delicious food(especially desserts). If you have any questions or concerns, feel free send me an email and ask around. If you just want to chat with me as a friend, also send me an email and let's chat!

    3 pieces of advice:

    • Relax and be yourself.
    • Stay "ignorant" and expect none, everything will be fine.
    • Enjoy the unknown adventure!

    Angelica Wang pic Angelica Wang - Class of 2022  Email: an_wang@coloradoccollege.edu

    Hey there! My name is Angelica Wang and I'm thrilled to be serving as one of your ISO leaders next semester. I’m a rising sophomore from Beijing, China. I am planning to major in Philosophy and/or Art History. At CC, I enjoyed teaching Chinese traditional dance and bamboo flute in Adjunct class and in Chinese New Year Festival. I also had lots of fun joining Dance Workshop this year. I can’t wait to meet you all! Congrats and welcome to CC!

    3 pieces of advice:

    • Try something new and don't be afraid to make mistakes.
    • Relax and keep an open mind.
    • Bring some snacks from your hometown :)

    Alex Jennings pic  Alex Jennings - Class of 2022  Email: a_jennings@coloradocollege.edu

    Welcome incoming first-years! I'm Alex, a second-year neuroscience major. My home is in South Africa, and coming to CC was my first time coming to the U.S.. On campus I am member of the Office of Sustainability, The Catalyst (the student paper), and of Mosaic, a student club committed to the awareness and celebration of multiculturalism and international experience at CC. Some of my favourite experiences at CC include a Block Break service trip to a wolf sanctuary, an international students skiing trip (my first time skiing) and intramural sports, which are semi-competitive games organised between different student teams. There's lots to look forward to, and I'm excited to get to know you and the new energy you'll bring!

    3 pieces of advice:

    • To me, the beginning of your time at CC is about exploring your new space. Check out as many students groups as you can, it can really help you find your place and settle in.
    • Keep meeting people!
    • Bring things from home (tea or food). Campus can be busy, and you should not hesitate to take time to yourself. It is nice to have food or music that reminds you of home, and sharing this can be a great way to meet other students, especially your roommate.

    Patil Khakhamian pic  Patil Khakhamian - Class of 2022  Email:  p_khakhamian@coloradocollege.edu

    Hello, My name is Patil and I am Lebanese/Armenian. Before coming to the United States, I have lived in three other countries, Lebanon, Armenia and Brazil. I am thinking of majoring in cultural anthropology and film studies and minoring in psychoanalysis. I am part of the communications team at Colorado College who wander around campus taking photographs of people and events. I can also speak four different languages, so you choose which! I am so excited to meet all of you!

    3 pieces of advice:

    • Don't battle with jet lag, get lots of rest!
    • Come with an open and positive mind.
    • Bring food or photographs from home to share with people.

    Ethan Knowles pic  Ethan Knowles - Class of 2022  Email:  e_knowles@coloradocollege.edu  

    Ya bey! My name is Ethan Knowles and I am a Bahamian international student hoping to major in English with a minor in Italian. After graduating high school in Nassau, I attended the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy and developed a passion for intercultural exchange and issues of global concern. Nowadays you can find me taking photos, dancing (more specifically, whining like a bad gyal), or just lounging around and enjoying Colorado's 300 days of sun. If you ever want to chat about film, literature or the woes of tourism, hit ya boi up!

    3 pieces of advice:

    • Be open but remember your roots.
    • Explore
    • Crying is cool.

    Anni Zettl pic  Anni Zettl - Class of 2022  Email:  a_zettl@coloradocollege.edu

    Hi, my name is Anni and I am from Germany. I am a physics major at CC, so feel free to approach me with any questions related to that. I also quite like our planet and am concerned about its future, hopefully I will be able to work on improving this field after my studies. Currently, I am involved in the Office of Sustainability as the Zero-Waste intern. Apart from that, I am playing in a small ensemble with my violin and viola and before coming to CC, I have graduated from UWC RBC (United World College). I look forward to meeting all of you!

    3 pieces of advice:

    • Always respect your own well-being.
    • Trust other students with their advice on classes and professors.
    • Tea always helps.

    Mathias Walder pic  Mathias Walder - Class of 2022  Email:  m_walder@coloradocollege.edu

    Hi all, my name is Mathias Walder, I am Austrian, my major is International Political Economy and I volunteer for the Office of Sustainability on campus. I also participated in dancing and theater performances. I love playing football and Rocket League and adore having some good political debates. In general, I am deeply interested in the environmental issues the world faces and Colorado College gives me plenty of opportunities to learn more about it. A bit about my background: I attended a United World College in Freiburg, Germany. Following this, I went to Brazil to volunteer for an organization that attempts to teach kids about sustainability.

    3 pieces of advice:

    • Try getting to know some domestic students. Do not stubbornly avoid them as a matter of principle.
    • Take advantage of the resources: Gear house, venture Grand, Outdoor education, events, gaming room etc etc.
    • Do not trust free food.

    Angelina Chen pic  Angelina Chen - Class of 2022  Email:  a_chen@coloradocollege.edu

    Hi All! I'm Angelina Chen, a sophomore from Guangzhou, China. I use she/her/hers pronouns, and I'm an Anthropology major, possibly Political Science and Music double minor. At CC, I work as a Bonner Fellow at CCE (Collaborative for Community Engagement) and a START (Student Title IX Assistance and Resources Team) member. In addition to volunteering at nonprofit organizations that endeavor to empower and advocate for LGBTQIA+ youth, in my role as a START member, I’m a confidential resource for students seeking support regarding Title IX issues, such as discrimination, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking. I also spent my first year working at The Butler Center and this year, I’ll be leading SOIL Development Group to promote more discussion and reflection on global development issues through the perspective of social sciences. If you’re interested in getting involved with CC and CSprings communities or just want to chat, feel free to reach out! I can’t wait to get to know you all!

    3 pieces of advice:

    • You can actively build CC by sharing your experiences and expertise.
    • It's ok to ask for help and support.
    • No assumptions.