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Posted on: 19 October 2017 BY: EAmaral

My favorite thing about my host institution is the friendliness of people. Here, specially my classmates are so friendly and I really feel comfortable around them.
My favorite class is GEP(First Year Foundations) class, it such an easy subject. We spend most of the time talking about school regulations, future career, and how to succeed in college. We did few engaging activities which makes us learned more about our personality and makes us know each other even more. Basically the most interesting thing I have learned so far is the knowledge and skills to do better in my study.
The most challenging aspect was the language barrier, the first couple of weeks of college was though. I couldn’t really get all what my professors said during the lecture and my brain couldn’t catch up that fast so I had brain/mental exhausted pretty quick at the end of the day. I knew this would happen sooner or later as the process of adaptation to the completely new environment and culture. So at the end of each classes in the first week I decided to go talked to my professors to let them know that I am an international student and that I couldn’t understand all the thing in the lecture because they speak quite fast for my listening ability to catch up. Therefore most of the professors apologized and tried to come up with some alternatives like : giving them code to slow down, do the recordings and go talk to them at their office hours if I don’t understand things that they explained during the lecture. Which all of these alternatives are very helpful and now I started to understand most of the things and get used to the education system here.
Being couple of months already at Missouri State University I starting to like the places and people in the Springfield. I have joined two groups on campus, both of them are for international students, the Bridges and Global community. The things that we did in this group were gathering together, share our culture with each other while learn about American cultures too, and do fun things like playing games and eat together.