Advice for Incoming Students

For all of you incoming students, some words of wisdom from the international student graduates of 2013.

“Coming to Clark, or any other institute for that matter, is an adventure. For every person it is a different experience that has its ups and downs. But just like an adventure, you should never be too scared to ask for help because the chances are someone knows how you’re feeling or can be helpful in some way or another. It’s okay to be afraid. Feeling that fear is your confirmation that you are doing something new and exciting. There are resources are at your disposal, all you need to do is take advantage of them.”

Abdallah Smith (Political Science) 

“As an international student, I’ve had a lot of beliefs and stereotypes instilled in my head about what a ‘typical U.S. student’ is like. I came into Clark with a fairly narrow view of what to expect, and boy was I wrong! Clarkies were overwhelmingly welcoming and they were all so interested in who I am and where I was from. Very quickly I stopped differentiating U.S. students   from non-US ones because in truth it was sort of pointless.

So my advice? Let go of whatever assumptions you have of students that you think you’ll see at Clark. And be aware that a lot of U.S. students always complain that they can’t make international friends because international students are such an exclusive group. So, the sooner you break your own assumptions and sooner you try to prove others assumptions wrong, the sooner you’ll have a good time and make even more friends than you can handle. Enjoy :)”

Marcel (Political Science)

“At Clark you don’t need to worry about being different. We embrace diversity and our differences to become a family. Just make sure to be yourself and enjoy learning from everyone’s uniqueness!”

Maria Gabriela Campos (Psychology and Management)

“For international students I would recommend to be patient and active. First semester transition might be hard, but don’t stay in your rooms – engage in clubs and organizations, find something new to do. When selecting the courses, think strategically, think about what interests you. Go about it in a way that will help you determine what you want to do and how you can go about that so that you do it as best you can. Try to look for an internship during your 2nd and 3rd summer vacation– it will help to proceed with a career later. Overall – enjoy, work, and think ahead.”

Iryna Ambroz (Economics and Math)

“Don’t succumb to the ‘I should’ ‘I must’ ‘I need to’ lifestyle. College is for those who want to live in the ‘what if’, ‘how about’, ‘let’s imagine’, ‘try this’ world.”

Diego Angel (International Development)

“Remember that setbacks are setups for comebacks. This applies to your academic and social life as well, which usually goes hand in hand in my opinion. Set high goals for yourself, and do your best to achieve them (in fact, start each semester off with goals you think you can achieve, and raise the bar as you do so!) Don’t be afraid to try new things and meet new people, but get to know and understand your limits. This way you can find your passion– and most importantly, be the best you can be at it. Last but not least, try to get at least 5 hours of sleep a night!”

Kulani Dias (English and Psychology)

“Strive to acquire practical experience through internships, research and so on. Apply what you learn in class towards real world practice.”

Anshu Singh (Economics)

 “Don’t expect to know what you are going to major in now.. as a matter of fact DO NOT decide what you are going to do now. Take many classes and experience many possibilities before deciding. Better to choose what you really like than choose what you think you like.”

Deviyani Dixit (Economics and International Development)


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