I am extremely excited to begin my Junior year of college. I am taking International Business, Organization and Leadership, Ethics, and Marketing. It’s a total of 16 credits. But that is not the only exciting thing I want to share with you.
This summer has been an interesting adventure for me. A lot of amazing things have happened. These are a few of the highlights from my summer. There was more stuff but I couldn’t fit it all. I had such a blast this summer going to places, meeting new people and strengthening my friendships. I worked at the University President’s office, traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona for the leadership conference, and community service.
I was selected to be the student orientation leader by the conference committee. I was with ten other students from the Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Rwanda, and China. We were the highlights of the Experience Learning Leadership Institute 2018 conference. Through the conference, we were the staff from the National University we created called Frankiswaputong (where people speak only Francais, Kiswahili, and Putonghua)! And teachers, professors, deans, and staff were the students. Through the activities conducted by the students, conference participants had the chance to experience some of the challenges international students face when they come to the U.S. We had orientation exercises for the participants, resembling the first things international students do when attending schools in America. We told each participant that they are only allowed to speak Chinese and French. It was not easy, but some students were able to complete their application (in Chinese) and registration (in French) successfully and be admitted to the National University of Frankiswaputong. This was one of the most rewarding educational experiences I have ever had. After the conference, I went on a hike at the Grand Canyon.
I was busy working for the President of Southern Utah University this summer, but I still make time to do 40 hours of community service. I volunteered at the American Cancer Society. I helped to plant trees and flowers. Also, I volunteered to teach local children how to play soccer. I really enjoy doing volunteer work. It gives me an opportunity to give back. What an amazing gift to be able to help others.
I want to thank Cheryl and John for taking a time to come visit me. I went on a beautiful hike with John. It’s always a blessing to see you both. Also, I had a chance to see the Binns family. Judy and Matthew, thank you for stopping by and saying hello. It was fun to catch up with you both.
Honestly, I miss hearing from you all and hope you are doing well. I think of you all daily and I am so appreciative of having all of you in my life.
With sincere gratitude,