This article was written and photos were taken by Frankie Canseco
International students who travel to the United States may be silent but have a voice to be heard. They have struggles that students from the U.S. do not deal with on a daily bases. For example, international students try to fit in with the U.S culture, while practicing and sharing their own culture.
In order to pursue the “American Dream,” international students must be willing to leave friends and family behind. Before making this huge choice, they need to be ready for changes.
They come here to learn and hope to be welcomed. They bring with them their culture to share with others. They put in the effort but require reciprocation. Do not be afraid to approach them; they are human just like U.S citizens.
“People are quick to judge. They make pre-judgments to the places they haven’t been to. I really have a problem with that. I feel we should remain positive.”Dickson Bonsrah (left)
“The media show things about Africa that is not true. I believe as human’s beings we need to be open-minded. Not everything we see is true.”Dicken Bonsrah (right)
“A lot of the little things are a lot harder. Such as, on being my parents’ phone plan, having a car to run errands once we get home… I usually don’t go home for breaks. I am going home for Christmas. Honestly, I am completely fine with staying here until I graduate.”Joseph Smith
“I make Rexburg feel like home by finding people that appreciate things that I like to do. For example, my roommates. I was blessed to have great roommates, and when I make food, make sure we all eat together. Food is something that gathers people together. This reminds of home regardless where we are from.”Alejandro Urbina
“I highly encourage students to help international students because we struggle with language, finding places, and just be very patient.” “Tickets to Peru are very expensive. They range from $1,000 to $2,000”Edward A. Marcos
“I want other students to know that it is hard enough to be away from home in your country and be on your own. But being an international student, everything is much more because you are away from your country, culture, language, and things become more intense.”Julia Meireles
“Always have an open mind of meeting new people. Do not assume bad things of international students because of stereotypes.”Allison Tedford
“I love the ‘multi-culture’ here. I am very open to all cultures. I love the people here, everyone is so sweet and this makes it very easy to make it feel like home. It is nice when people make you feel like as if you were home.”Pilar Gonzalez
“When I got here, to help it make feel like home, I started to go to Latin FHE so I can gather with people who spoke the same language… And getting the education with the gospel is amazing.”Alessandra Conde