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an international welcome by Emily Holt ’19

International students working for the Office of English Language Learning are creating a video series that introduces students from around the globe to Washington College. By international students, for international students, the virtual orientation series closes the gap between imagination and reality for those preparing to attend Washington College. Move-in day at Washington College is annually inundated with echoed shouts across campus: “I cannot believe I forgot to bring [insert essential item here].” Whether a student is coming from Thailand or Tennessee, moving to college is complicated. However, language barriers and the inability to tour campus beforehand create an opportunity for international students to be especially unprepared when coming to school, sight unseen. A new international orientation initiative, by and for international students, has emerged to assist incoming students from around the world prepare for and acclimate to life at Washington College. It’s the brainchild of John C. Hepler, who arrived at Washington College in 2014 to launch the Office of English Language Learning, a program dedicated to supporting the international student body in their academics and their acclimation to this part of the world. Arriving in time for the Orientation Program that fall, Hepler noticed that some international students seemed startled by basic characteristics of the college, such as the size and location. “[The Office of English Language Learning] felt we could provide them with information to better prepare them for life at Washington College. Some students literally have arrived on campus with no winter clothing, because they didn’t understand our location or the seasons,” says Hepler. “But obviously, these videos could help a prospective student decide to attend. They could also help parents advise their children whether or not to choose Washington College.”

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Washington College International Viewbook 2018-2019  

Washington College knows that when it comes to education, one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we have so many options for you to create you...

Washington College International Viewbook 2018-2019  

Washington College knows that when it comes to education, one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we have so many options for you to create you...