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“Gratitude to Chatham University” by Tamim Adnan

Hi,

This is Tamim. I’m from Bangladesh. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Building Engineering and Construction Management, from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET). Now, I’m planning to go for my PhD program in Infrastructures and Environmental Systems at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). I will work as a graduate research assistant under the supervision of professor Dr. Don Chen. I was a student for English Learning Program at Chatham University in Summer 2020. I joined the program mainly from enthusiasm to improve my English while this program added a new milestone in my academic skill sets. When I completed my applications to US universities, most of them noticed on my transcript what Chatham University awarded me for this program. So, I’m really grateful for being a part of this ELP program at Chatham University.

 

Firstly, thanks to Dr. Linh Phung and Professor Sylvia for their cooperative teaching and guidance to us. Secondly, thanks to my classmates in the program from Japan, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia. Moreover, when the COVID – 19 pandemic was inflicting everyone mentally, this program helped me to overcome some issues I faced.

 

Dr. Linh always suggests that I should speak slowly as she thinks the intention of speaking faster lowers the confidence of speaking. I always follow her tips when I need to have any conversations with Professors, Visa Officers, and International Staff. In addition, Miss Sylvia helped me a lot to improve my writing. She always suggested some memorable places, movies and events particularly related to Pittsburgh. I always miss those days and feel good when I remember these moments.

 

After the ELP program I completed my Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and started to email professors in the US universities targeting the Fall 2021 session. Fortunately, Dr. Don Chen, associate professor, UNC Charlotte, appreciated my potential and offered me to work under his supervision. I will work on the project under the North Carolina Department of Transportation to develop the pavement modeling using breakpoints and pretreatment conditions. I also awarded funding opportunities against my research assistantship to cover my living, health insurance and tuition expenses. Therefore, the journey from KUET to ELP at Chatham to UNC Charlotte is really a cherished move for me.

 

I always highly recommend the Chatham English Language Program to English learners. If you need any suggestions or help from me, you can contact me over my email tamimadnan6240@gmail.com. It will be a lovely experience if I can help you for any purpose.

 

Have a Charming Journey at Chatham University!

 

Sincerely,

Tamim Adnan

Ph.D. student

Infrastructure and Environmental Systems

University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223, United States.

 

Student Artwork

by Najd Alagl, ELP Student, Summer 2021

Please go to our Facebook page to like or comment on her picture as part of a social media competition!

The Brooklyn Bridge – New York

– If love can fade, then so can pain.

Summer Flowers in the Frick Pittsburgh

– Once you choose hope, everything is possible.

Summer Flowers in the Frick Pittsburgh

– The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment.

Najd’s son admiring a bunny

– They’re sleep-depriving, sticky little monsters that demand snack endlessly and want you to sing same song to them fifty times a day.

But they also think everything you say is hilarious. And when they lay their head on your shoulder everything seems right.

Kids can run your life but also they give you a reason to live when life tries to ruin you.

– I lied and I said I was busy,

I was busy, but not in a way people understand,

I was busy taking deeper breaths,

I was busy silencing irrational thoughts,

I was busy calming a racing heart,

I was busy telling myself “I am okay”,

sometimes this is my busy,

And I will not apologize for it. 

A Day in the Life of a Chatham Student

by Megan Delaney, sophomore, English and International Studies major

An average day at Chatham for me starts around 9:00 am. I am lucky to have not had too many early morning classes, and I like to be up around an hour before my first class begins. After waking up, I shower, get dressed, and brush my teeth. I try to eat breakfast every morning. Usually, it consists of something like cereal or a granola bar, but sometimes I use my blender to make a smoothie or protein shake. After eating, I head up the stairs to campus. Most of my classes take place in Falk or Coolidge Hall, but I have had some science-related classes in Buhl Hall.

Outside Buhl
Outside Falk

A majority of my classes fall under the realm of humanities, so this means a lot of discussion and collaboration in class. Some of these classes include Intro to Women Writers and Shakespeare Survey. After class is over, I might stop at Cafe Rachel for an iced tea. I usually make my own meals in my apartment’s kitchen, but I will also stop at Anderson or get a quick lunch at Cafe Rachel if I see something I like.

Patio of Cafe Rachel

The number of classes I have in one day can vary, and I have had anywhere from one to four classes in a single day. Regardless, I usually have some free time for dinner. Similar to lunch, I often make my own dinner, but sometimes meet with friends at Anderson for a meal. I complete most of my studying and homework in the evenings, but I try to give myself enough time to wind down before sleeping around midnight. On the weekend, my schedule looks quite different, as I utilize those days to spend time with friends, run errands, and explore Pittsburgh. I have spent a lot of time in places like Shadyside, Oakland, and Squirrel Hill, trying out various restaurants and attractions. I find that mostly everything I need at college can be reached by walking or taking a quick bus ride.

Squirrel Hill
Pittsburgh skyline

Although mine is just one experience, I have found that life at Chatham can be what you make it. There are many exciting opportunities on campus and around the city to explore!

Using Port Authority Buses

All Chatham students have access to free bus transportation with their student ID. When boarding any Port Authority bus, simply scan your ID for free transportation!

Common Buses used by Chatham Students:

71B/71D Outbound

  • can take you towards nearby Target and other attractions on and near S HIghland Ave

71B/71D or 64 (Inbound)

  • can take you to Oakland, and with a short walk you can reach tons of restaurants and other attractions

64 (Outbound)

  • can take you to Squirrel Hill

Bus Stops Nearby:

Outbound at Fifth Ave and College St

Inbound at Fifth Ave and College St

Useful Navigation Apps:

  • Moovit Moovit: Public Transport Live on the App Store
    • Find bus and walking routes to locations around the city
  • Transit Transit: Bus & Subway Times - Apps on Google Play
    • Track the bus schedule and routes to your destination

Port Authority Website:

https://www.portauthority.org/

 

International Education Week: Popular Music from around the World

In celebration of International Education Week (IEW) please check out popular music from all around the world! Song links are included below so you can enjoy these global artists.

Country: England 

Song Name: Giants 

Artist: Dermot Kennedy 

Song Link: https://youtu.be/NlGfhJ71e0E 

 

Country: Turkey 

Song Name: Sende Kaldı Yüreğim (My heart stayed on you) 

Artist: Bilal Sonses 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6h_sNtpR0A 

 

Country: India 

Song Name: Tum hi ho (Ask How I’m doing?) 

Artist: Arijit Singh 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeTge2rd7c0 

 

Region: Middle East 

Song Name: 3am Bet3alla2 Feek (I’m talking about you) 

Artist: Nancy Ajram 

 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIYqaDGCtx8 

 

Country: Russia 

Song Name: Mr. & Mrs. Smith 

Artist: Egor Kreed 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iSIeBWa0Fw 

 

Country: Italy 

Song Name: Cara Italia (Dear Italy) 

Artist: Ghali 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUfs4BJ6RSI 

 

Country: Pakistan 

Song Name: “Dill Diyan Gallan” – (Talks of my Heart) 

Artist: Atif Aslam 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmKuHX8n-rg 

 

Country: Australia 

Song Name: Sunflower 

Artist: Post Malone, Swae Lee 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXWYDeGhe24 

 

Country: United States 

Song Name: The Greatest 

Artist: Sia 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Ipeu6Z26g 

 

Country: France 

Song Name: Unforgettabl 

Artist: French Montana 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTFtOOh47oo 

 

Country: Canada 

Song Name: Laugh Now Cry Later 

Artist: Drake 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Drake attends the “Top Boy” UK Premiere at Hackney Picturehouse on September 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Song link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFm7YDVlqnI 

 

Country: Germany 

Song Name: Ubermorgen 

Artist: Mark Forster 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tD41isys1o (Original) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQhcmUU_Gsw (w/ English subtitles) 

Country: Greece 

Song Name: MProvocas 

Artist: Dynoro & Fumaratto 

Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ojaKTbcImU 

Are there other global artists and songs that we missed? We’d love to hear about them! Share with us at internationalaffairs@chatham.edu!

International Education Week 2020

Join Chatham University and the US Department of State/US Department of Education as we celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide! The theme of the week at Chatham University is International Education: Study Abroad in Challenging Times. 2020 has been a challenging year for international education. Students share their experiences through essays, presentations, and recordings. Please visit this blog post for those contents. Join us for live events listed below.

ESSAYS, VIDEOS, AND OTHER CONTENTS

Blog Post: Popular Music from Around the World

Miku Nishii’s Video: Seeing the Opportunity in Every Difficulty

Lerlina Mondoally’s Video: Lessons from Studying Abroad During COVID-19

Personal Reflection: Restricted and Expanded: Life During Covid-19

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, November 9

Study Abroad Q&A

4-5 PM, US Eastern Time

During the Study Abroad Q&A, OIA shared study abroad options for future terms, including the summer 2021 Chatham field experiences in Costa Rica, Cyprus and Taiwan, scholarships, and health and safety information for travel in the time of the pandemic.

Wednesday, November 11

International Student Employment Information Session

12-1PM, US Eastern Time

On Wednesday November 11th, OIA offered a session on “International student employment information session.”

This session covered eligible employment opportunities for those studying on F or J visas. Topics included on-campus employment, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and Optional Practical Training (OPT). F and J visa holders have specific visa requirements regarding employment, and must follow these regulations to maintain status.

International Student and Scholar Services offers information session on international student employment monthly and students should attend at least one session before applying for CPT or OPT.

Thursday, November 12

International Symposium

3-5PM, US Eastern Time

Watch the full symposium recording.

On Thursday November 12, 2020, the Office of International Affairs hosted a virtual symposium on international education, with the theme of “Study Abroad in Challenging Times”.

The symposium allowed students to reflect on their experiences studying abroad in 2020: from the perspective of American students who went overseas and international students who studied in the United States.

The symposium began with a recorded message from keynote speaker Dr. Todd James Allen, an associate professor in the faculty of Foreign Language Studies at Kansai University. Dr. Allen spoke about education abroad from a Japanese perspective in the current context of COVID-19.  You can watch the keynote speech below:

Keynote speech by Dr. Todd Allen

Dr. Todd James Allen’s bio: Dr. Todd James Allen completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, researching Japanese listening behaviour. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Kansai University, where he coordinates and teaches a number of English-language skills courses, intercultural communication and undergraduate and postgraduate academic writing. Todd’s research interests include Japanese-English (folk) pragmatics, academic skills development (e.g., presentation and writing), and is currently investigating the effects of study abroad on intercultural communication development. Todd is also editor-in-chief of Academe, Director of the Academic Writing Studies Society, and is a committee member for JALT Pragmatics special interest group

Student presenters reflected on their experiences abroad during 2020:

Hanna Thiele, 22’ presented on “Viajar en España”. Hanna is majoring in Political Science and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain during spring 2020.

Hiroki Nakai, a vising student from Kansai University, is currently studying in the United States. Hiroki’s major is Foreign Language Studies, and he presented on “An eccentric 10-month new challenge.”

Walker Orner, 21’, presented on “Studying Abroad During a Pandemic: Making the Most of Any Situation.” Walker is majoring in Media Arts, with a concentration in Filmmaking, and studied abroad in Angers, France during spring 2020.

Miku Nishii, a visiting student from Kansai University, is currently studying virtually from Japan. Miku’s major is Foreign Language Studies, and she presented on “How I saw the opportunity in this difficult time.”

Attendees were able to reflect on the presentations and discuss positive impacts of study abroad, as well as consider what programs will look like in the future.

Attendees voted on their favorite presentations, choosing Hiroki Nakai’s “An eccentric 10-month new challenge” and Walker Orner’s “Studying abroad during a Pandemic: Making the Most of Any situation” as their favorite.

Thank you to all presenters for sharing their experiences, to Dr. Todd Allen, and to the attendees of the International Education Week symposium!

A video recording of the symposium will be uploaded to the OIA blog shortly.

Friday, November 13

Let’s Talk with Dr. Linh Phung

9-10am, US Eastern Time

Participants in three countries joined Dr. Linh Phung and students at Chatham University for a Story Circles session. They shared stories in response to the following two prompts in small groups and then discussed themes that emerged in their stories in a whole group discussion.

Prompts:
1. Please tell us your name and three words or phrases that describe your background and why those words/phrases are important to you. (TALK FOR 2 MINUTES)
2. What is one of the most positive interactions you have had with a person(s) who is different from you, and what made this such a positive experience? (TALK FOR 2-3 MINUTES)

Let’s Talk Friday, Nov 13

Friday, November 13

Global Focus Event – Global Focus: Cyprus and Music

11AM-12:30PM, US Eastern Time

Attendees learned about Cyprus and Music from presenter Dr. Kenneth Smith, Associate Professor, University of Nicosia – Department of Music and Dance.  Dr. Smith used the structure of a Cypriot wedding to discuss Music Variety, Music Life and Different Music Genres. In discussing a typical Cypriot wedding, we learned about presentational and participatory music in the wedding preparation and during the ceremony.  Dr. Smith also discussed the types of music heard during a Cypriot wedding, including traditional Greek and Cypriot songs when the bride and groom get ready at their homes, Byzantine chanting at the ceremony, as well as jazz and popular Cypriot, Greek and world music during different stages of the reception. The presentation gave attendees an overview of many Cypriot cultural traditions, some exposure to musical instruments typical in the region, and how music plays a big part in Cypriot culture and life.

Flyer: iew2020

Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Our study abroad fair is virtual this year! Learn about in-person and virtual study, internship and research programs, and plan for your international experience.

Drop in at your convenience to learn more about opportunities abroad through Chatham, partner institutions, and providers.

Find out more information about upcoming summer abroad opportunities and scholarships

 

Free to attend! Fair open times are: Sept 21-24 (11-4 pm) | Oct 19-22 (11-4 pm) | Nov 16-19 (11-4 pm)

Register at https://lunafairs.com/study-abroad/virtual-fair/?university=Chatham%20University

Questions? Reach out to internationalaffairs@chatham.edu

Meet the Study Abroad Ambassadors 2020-2021: Hanna

Meet our Study Abroad Ambassadors for 2020-2021. These students are study abroad returnees who are available to answer questions and share their experience with interested students!

Hanna Theile

Major: Political Science

Program: Spain

“The classes that I took in Spain had a heavy focus on the European Union and foreign policy. It was so powerful to see how a different form of government worked and to be living there at the same time.
When I returned to the US, I began to speak more Spanish to the Latinx community in my hometown. Also, I felt that I really saw globally how the world was coming together from COVID-19. “

Students can reach out to Hanna via email at:

hanna.theile@chatham.edu

Meet the Study Abroad Ambassadors 2020-2021: Rachel

Meet our Study Abroad Ambassadors for 2020-2021. These students are study abroad returnees who are available to answer questions and share their experience with interested students!

Rachel Larson

Major: History major, Creative Writing minor

Program: South Korea

“All of the classes I took were regionally based, but that was from my own choosing. At Korea University, you register for classes right before the semester so that itself was an interesting experience. I took a language class and a history and culture course relevant to Korea, as well as other international affairs and history courses. Although I tailored mine to fit my major, there was a lot of variety in the classes available for international students.

I was lucky to be able to travel outside of the city I studied in, but even if I hadn’t there was always so much to do in Seoul! In a typical day, I would have one or two classes and in the time not spent studying with friends or in one of the many cafes, I would go out and explore the city! The most important thing I learned while studying abroad was to take chances and get comfortable going places by myself. South Korea was a great place to exercise my adventurous side since most places I traveled were easily accessible by train and affordable on a student budget.

Although I had been living away from my family for some time, my study abroad experiences definitely built up my independence. When living in another country across the world, the only person I had to rely on completely was myself. While this could be scary, it taught me to be more confident in my decisions and be more easy on my mistakes. In addition to learning a lot about Korean language, culture, and history, these lessons in independence were definitely worthwhile.

Students can reach out to Rachel via email at:

Rachel.Larson@Chatham.edu