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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE 2016 The terms you should know before coming to IU page 3 Guide to international services page 10 What snack food our editors recommend you buy at the store page 11

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

Just FYI: A guide to key IU terms

A look at campus culture centers By the numbers: breaking down student enrollment Coming Together: a photo story What you need to know about the Global LLC Advice from International Student Ambassadors Guide to International Services

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David Higgins from Bloomington performs cultural dancing at Native American Health and Wellness Community Dance at Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center on April 11, 2015.

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This campus has been my home for the past four years and I hope it soon becomes yours as well. At first, it’s going to be terrifying and you’ll probably feel lonely and homesick at times. I know I did and my family was only a two-hour drive away. But in time it became the most important time of my life. We hope this guide, and our continued coverage throughout the year, can help you make the adjustment period pass by in no time. Inside you’ll read about IU Office of International Services, get words of wisdom from those who have done this before and read about some of our favorite American foods.

During your time at IU do everything you can to experience new things. Get out of your comfort zone and attend as many events as possible and spend irresponsible amounts of time with your friends. Bloomington and IU provide so many opportunities and events from the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival to tailgating at an IU football game. Though your time is short, try to experience it all. But don’t just try new things, talk to new people from different background and cultures too. School is important and a big reason why you came to the United States, but it cannot be everything your college career is made up of. There is so much learn-

ing to do outside of the classroom. It is these lessons that will be most valuable to you when you leave college, I promise I, and the rest of the Indiana Daily Student staff, wish you all the best of luck. Suzanne Grossman, IDS Summer Editor-in-Chief

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JUST FYI HERE ARE A FEW KEY TERMS THAT ARE USEFUL TO KNOW AROUND CAMPUS. A&H

IMU

RPS

Courses categorized as Arts and Humanities by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Indiana Memorial Union. It’s often referred to as “the Union,” located at 900 E. Seventh St.

Residential Programs and Services. The division that handles all things related to a student’s living environment, including dorm rooms, meal plans and programming.

Academic probation Occurs when a student’s cumulative GPA for a semester falls below 2.0.

IUSA IU Student Association. IU’s student government.

AI

IUSF

Associate instructor

IU Student Foundation. It’s a nonprofit organization that raises funds for the University. IUSF sponsors the Little 500 bike race.

Big Ten The collegiate athletic conference of which IU is a member. The other schools in the Big Ten are Purdue, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern, Iowa and Nebraska.

Little 500 The famous Little 500 bicycle race and the week of events surrounding it. MAC

The office that bills tuition and room and board fees. The Bursar’s office is located in the Poplars Building W100, 400 E. Seventh St.

Musical Arts Center, located at 101 N. Jordan Ave., across from Read Center. It is the site of Jacobs School of Music opera performances and IU Ballet Department shows.

Campus Access

N&M

In addition to being your photo ID, your Campus Access card serves as your library card, bus pass, residence hall meal card and debit card.

Courses categorized as Natural and Mathematical Sciences by COAS.

Bursar

COAS The College of Arts and Sciences. It’s sometimes called simply “the College.” GLBTSSS The Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Support Services. It provides support, information and advocacy for potential and current students as well as concerned parents and curious parties. The office also offers counseling services and programming throughout the year.

Office hours Times that your professors set aside each week to be available to answer questions you have about their classes. OneIU one.iu.edu: A site that gives you access to your student email account, schedule, transcript, grades and other University services. Canvas canvas.iu.edu .Similar to Oncourse, it allows you to track grades, turn in assignments and access materials posted by professors, instructors and aids.

S&H Courses categorized as Social and Historical Studies by COAS. SAB Student Athletic Board. Allows students to be involved with IU athletics without being athletes. SID Student ID number. Used to access your transcript or your schedule online. Sometimes required by professors when taking tests.

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Centers showcase diversity IU has many resources around campus for those looking to celebrate different cultures.

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICES 400 E. Seventh St. ois.indiana.edu The Office of International Services offers cultural, social and educational programs to support international students on the IU campus. The office also puts on programs and events for all kinds of student groups.

LA CASA LATINO CULTURAL CENTER 715 E. Seventh St. indiana.edu/~lacasa The center promotes academic excellence, personal growth and cultural pride through support services. In addition, it works as an advocacy office and hosts film screenings, lecture series and cultural activities.

FIRST NATIONS EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CENTER 712 E. Eighth St. indiana.edu/~fnecc The First Nations Educational and Cultural Center assists in connecting students and building a Native American community at IU. The center attempts to create a “free zone� where all supporters of the center, regardless of race, can come together. It plays host to an annual Powwow.

NEAL-MARSHALL BLACK CULTURE CENTER 275 N. Jordan Ave. nmbcc.indiana.edu The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center aims to raise awareness of issues AfricanAmericans face. It is named after the first male and female black students to graduate from IU, Marcellus Neal and Frances Marshall.

HELENE G. SIMON HILLEL CENTER 730 E. Third St. iuhillel.org The Hillel Center strives to make sure Jewish students on campus have a home away from home. The center contains workout facilities, learning resources and kosher dining facilities. It also provides Shabbat dinner and holiday meals.

ASIAN CULTURE CENTER 807 E. 10th St. indiana.edu/~acc The Asian Culture Center aims to promote understanding of Asian and Asian-American cultures, history and issues. Look for the ACC to be represented around campus and watch for its programs during the year, a celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month and a free Asian language learning program.

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TOP LEFT Hanggai vocalist Hurcha reaches toward audience members during a performance by the Chinese-Mongolian group Sept. 21, 2012, in the Ivy Tech Community College Tent. Hanggai was in Bloomington for the 2012 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. TOP RIGHT Meelia Palakal laughs as colored powder is thrown at the Indian Student Association’s Holi Festival outside of Collins Living Learning Center on April 17, 2015. BOTTOM LEFT Waahli aka Wyzah of the hip-hop band Nomadic Massive performs at the Soma tent at the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in 2013. BOTTOM RIGHT Members of a competing raas team perform during Raas Royalty, the annual qualifying before the national competition, at the IU Auditorium in 2011. Proceeds of the event were donated to Timmy Foundation and the Gandhi Ashram.


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Members of IU’s Cosmopolitan Club gather at the IMU. The organization was founded to foster understanding between international and American students with the hope of promoting cooperation. It was active on campus from 1916 to 1970. Fulbright language-teaching assistant at IU Mufarrakh Musaeva demonstrates a traditional Uzbekistani dance on Jan. 14, 2012, in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. Islamic Society of North America Affiliates Coordinator Rodwan Saleh leads a prayer during the breaking of the month-long Ramadan fast in the Forest Greenleaf quad. The annual Fast-A-Thon, which was sponsored by the IU Muslim Student Union, promoted awareness of hunger in the community and reached out to many non-Muslims and members of the community who joined in fasting for the day. Michael Redman rearranges a strand of skeleton garland on a Day of the Dead altar display. He said putting the altar together is a long process, and he and Rachel DiGregorio often encounter items that are meaningful to them or community members they know. IU students and community members participate in the Hoosiers For Syrian Refugees march on Dec. 12, 2015, from the Sample Gates to downtown Bloomington. The march was to protest against government officials who were against allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S.


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Music in your Life

1,100 annual events Most of them are free! Stay informed through weekly emails of news and events. Sign up for updates at music.indiana.edu/mailinglist. Student tickets and Bursar Billing available at the Musical Arts Center Box Office or at music.indiana.edu/operaballet.

Enroll in a Music Course Round out your life with great non-major music courses in the Jacobs School of Music. Visit music.indiana.edu/generalstudies.

Perform in an Ensemble If you played an instrument or sang in choir in high school and want to continue performing, there are many possibilities, including the highly visible Marching Hundred and Singing Hoosiers. Visit music.indiana.edu/music-for-non-majors.

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Lai Jiang, Lillian, could feel almost invisible at IU when she moved to Bloomington from China. People stereotyped her, she said. They’d ignore her in classes and didn’t approach her because of a language barrier. But there was always a safe space for her: the Global Village Living-Learning Center at Foster Quad. There, she felt good. There, she felt welcomed. The GVLLC is a specialized dorm with its own building in the Foster quadrangle. Its website describes the environment as multinational, multicultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary. When applying for on-campus housing, incoming freshmen who are both local and international have the chance to sign up to live there. For students attending international orientation, inte-

grating smoothly into campus living can be hard. International students are often settled into their dorms weeks before the other freshmen show up for move-in day. Jeff Holdeman, the director of the GVLLC, requests to be notified when international students would be moving into his building for orientation so he can be there to welcome them when they arrive. He and his office staff work to create social events to help integrate international students into life at a university overseas. One staff member’s whole job is to create ways to help international students integrate into the LLC and IU. For Lillian, the LLC was a way to build a close-knit community at a place with tens of thousands of other undergrads. She said it fosters an environment that makes her feel like she can be herself, and she’d rather spend the night watching a Marvel movie marathon in the GVLLC

lounge than partying. The GVLLC is set up like any other college dorm at IU, save one aspect that’s rare to find on campus: a spacious kitchen in the second-floor lounge. Holdeman explained the importance of the kitchen: food is a huge part of culture, and he said he thinks it’s necessary for students to have a space where they feel comfortable cooking their native dishes. The GVLLC organizes events in the space that involve trying different types of international foods and educating students on different cultures. Jiang herself said she used to make all of her meals with her rice cooker, which she stores on a large metal shelf in the kitchen. Now, with more resources, she’s able to cook and explore more. The GVLLC provides international students an opportunity to meet other students who have come to IU

from abroad as well as get to know more local American students who are curious about international studies and learning about different cultures. Holdeman explains most incoming freshmen, especially international students, aren’t really presented with the option of the GVLLC in the chaotic housing process. While it’s there, it’s buried, and by the time most students find out it’s a housing option, they’ve been placed somewhere else, he said. Those who do join the LLC are required to take a class introducing them to the Global Village and international life. The GVLLC also sponsors several specialized classes dealing with culture, language and international studies, and has a comprehensive study abroad program. If you’re interested in learning more about the Global Village Living-Learning Center, visit its website at globalvillage.indiana.edu.


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“As a peer mentor myself, I would highly suggest incoming students to have a strong goal coming in and to build your college life around it. From what I have experienced after mentoring several freshmen last year, the students that succeed the most are the ones that have a strong end goal in life, know what they want, know how to reach their goal and how to schedule their life (social, academic, professional) around the goal.”

“The most difficult part is perhaps understanding what Americans are actually trying to say. Where I come from, you say things directly. Here, you hear ‘let’s have coffee sometime’ but ‘sometimes’ means ‘never.’ Social norms are always different abroad and it takes some time getting used to.”

“My first advice would be don’t be afraid to ask. First upon arriving, whether not it is the first time in the U.S., there are going to be confusions. During international student orientation, there is plenty of help available from the orientation leaders, RAs, faculty members and the office of international services staff. They are all wonderful resources to navigate around campus and to figure out first steps at IU.”

“College is like a pre-adulting trial. You will be thousands of miles away from what you have known your whole life, you will face problems, and people will come and go. Even with all this, you have to hold onto who you what to be — your end goal. Of course, it can evolve over time with the experiences you will have but don’t ever give up.” “Don’t lose sight of who you want to be, not what you think others expect from you. Second, be open to everything. This ranges from trying out new cuisines, going to events you have never been before, studying abroad and even doing adventurous things you have never done before.”

“Get American friends! The easiest way to do this may be through joining a student organization. Having American friends is invaluable: you will improve your English, gain insights into American culture and get the opportunity to learn more about your own culture. My experience at IU was immensely enriched by these friendships, which I have no doubt will last a lifetime.” “Get American friends! The easiest way to do this may be through joining a student organization. Having American friends is invaluable: you will improve your English, gain insights into American culture and get the opportunity to learn more about your own culture. My experience at IU was immensely enriched by these friendships, which I have no doubt will last a lifetime.”

“Second advice is to open up. I realized how diverse our student body was my first day on campus. I met so many different students from different countries with different backgrounds within one day. Some of them still remain as my close friends today. We learned so much from each other because we are so different.” “I wish someone was able to tell me that there are so many friendly and helpful people at school that will go through the same transition as me and everything was going to be fine.”

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With the new school year comes IU’s newest class of around 1,500 international students. The Office of International Services helps these students not only with academic advising, but with adapting to an unfamiliar environment. The Indiana Daily Student sat down with Rendy Schrader, IU’s director of student and scholar advising, to talk about the upcoming year and the services provided to international students. Schrader graduated from IU with degrees in political science and French. After spending 16 years in Washington, D.C. working with the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, she returned to Bloomington, the place she said she feels most at home. IDS: What kind of help/ services does the Office of International Services provide? Schrader: I think if we want to put it in two words it’s immigration assistance and engagement opportunities. But to expand beyond that, it’s making sure that they meet all the federal requirements international students have to make. And that they’re aware of what those regulations are so they can use them to their advantage, to work in the United States and get as much experience as possible. In terms of the student engagement, it’s kind of a dual approach. One is making it easy for them to celebrate their own culture and being proud of who they are, but also looking for increasing opportunities for them to engage with U.S. students — and just feel like they’re fully part of the university community. It’s that fine balance of helping them be themselves and yet not be separate.

IDS: What do you think is the biggest challenge for students coming in the U.S. for the first time? Schrader: There are classroom adjustments. Most of the systems outside of the U.S. operate differently. There’s not as much student engagement, there’s not as much original thought encouraged. It’s more memorization and recitation. I think that’s a big challenge academically. Socially, I think it’s really becoming sort of a part of this culture without losing your own. So how do we make it so they’re not just hanging out with their friends, but they’re making American friends and learning American culture? Help them find where their comfort level is with that. IDS: What’s the hardest part of this job for you in helping them adapt? Schrader: For me, it’s keeping up with the latest trends and social media. How do we reach the students in ways that they respect and enjoy? IDS: With the incoming class arriving on campus in just a few weeks, is this your busiest time of year? Schrader: I feel like it’s always busy. Beginnings and ends of the semester are the busiest. There’s a flurry of activity in November for international education week and the world’s fair, which really keeps us hopping. But it’s anytime there’s transitions. IDS: In your 15 years here at IU, what is your favorite part of the job? Schrader: It has to be the students — just watching their excitement and their growth in bringing their culture to the U.S. I feel like we’re doing the whole university a service by bringing that diversity and exposure to world issues and thinking outside the American box. Just being able to facilitate that and make that work for everybody is really rewarding.

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Safety campaign — Office of International Services By Grace Palmieri gpalmier@indiana.edu @grace_palmieri

IU’s Office of International Services is launching a campaign to increase safety awareness on campus for international students. The campaign was created in response to the death of IU student Yaolin Wang, who was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend last fall. Rendy Schrader, director of student and scholar advising, said the campaign is to honor Wang’s memory and to prevent any future violence. “In the investigation surrounding her case, and in conversations with international student leaders, we learned that international students were either unaware of campus resources available to them

or unable to overcome cultural barriers to use them,” Schrader said. There are several ways the office is trying to make campus life safer for international students through the new campaign. All new international students will receive a phone pocket with a resource card inside. In a few weeks, they are releasing a safety video for new students, Schrader said, and many of them will participate in this year’s international student arrival week. The office is working with other groups, including IUPD, and international student leaders to help improve safety. “We are working with IUPD to make sure international students feel an increased level of comfort around them,”

Schrader said. A standing committee has been established in order to continue their mission throughout the coming years. Every year, IU also celebrates International Education Week in November. Events include films at the IU Cinema, a concert at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, a martial arts festival put on by IU’s recreational sports and more Nov. 7-11. The week ends with the 10th Annual World’s Fare, a one-night event where international students can showcase their culture with booths, performances and food, Schrader said. “We are encouraging all university units to hot activities that week to celebrate the diversity international students bring to campus,” she said.


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