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Meet the Global First Year Staff: Lauren Van Sant

 Meet Lauren Van Sant! She is the Student Services Director here at Global FIU. Hometown: Omaha, NE Education: M.S.E. in Higher Education Administration at University of Kansas B.A. in English at University of Iowa B.A. in History at University of Iowa Favorite Food: "I really love a good curry over rice dish. A friend from Senegal... Continue reading Meet the Global First Year Staff: Lauren Van Sant
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Summer Orientation

Last week, we welcomed 16 new international students to the Global FIU family! This is a very diverse cohort, representing 12 different countries - some of which are new to the Global FIU program such as: Sweden, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Within the group we have nine females and seven males. Orientation activities included: moving into... Continue reading Summer Orientation
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Describe YOUR Global First Year in ONE word…

  In honor of our first "Global First Year class" progressing into their second year at FIU and successfully through our program, we asked some of our students to describe THEIR Global First Year in just ONE word:   "Achievement " - Nathalie Sanchez, El Salvador "Challenging " - Ky Nguyen, Vietnam "Motivating " -... Continue reading Describe YOUR Global First Year in ONE word…
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Panther Profile: Srishti Jaiswal, India

Journalism major and Global First Year student from India, Srishti Jaiswal, shares her Global First Year experience and thoughts on Miami and FIU! Safety at FIU: The campus feels very safe. I am always walking around with my friends and we feel very secure. Also, it is great because things are so close to the... Continue reading Panther Profile: Srishti Jaiswal, India
Group of FIU Global students Volunteering
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Global First Year Volunteering

Global FIU is starting a volunteering initiative with the goals of further involving students in their community, giving them extra credit opportunities, experience to put on resumes and helping them develop a life-long interest in volunteering! Our activities this semester include fundraising events on campus like Relay for Life, volunteering at the campus’ Nature Reserve... Continue reading Global First Year Volunteering
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Meet the Global First Year Staff: John Swartz

Meet John Swartz! He is our Career Accelerator Program Advisor here at Global First Year. Hometown: Houston, Texas Education: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master's Degree in International Education from FIU Countries lived in: Australia, Nepal, Spain, Malaysia and Indonesia Favorite part of the job: "I enjoy helping students realize... Continue reading Meet the Global First Year Staff: John Swartz
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Guest Post: Ky Nguyen, Global First Year student

During the month of February, we are doing something new here on the blog! We have invited our students to "guest post" and share their favorite FIU/Global First Year memories. Our third guest post is written by Ky Nguyen, one of our students from Vietnam. "Being in Miami for 4 months, I had a few... Continue reading Guest Post: Ky Nguyen, Global First Year student