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SCA New International Students Orientation Weekend- A Lesson on Adaptability

New SCA international student Casey Kim from S Korea with her American Buddy Maxyne Davis and Yuki Zheng, build a tower out of cards and the prize for the tallest tower at International Orientation Weekend.

SCA welcomes eight new international students this year, making a total of 17 international students from China, South Korea and Spain this school year.

Orientation Weekend was held in Lee’s Summit recently and American SCA Buddies met their student for the first time. Yuki Zheng, a senior at SCA and international student shared her perspective and experiences as an international student for the last three years.

Students learned about the American education system, SCA specifics, language acquisition, American culture, what it’s like to live with a host family, and were introduced to American food and fun. Everyone enjoyed a fun afternoon at an SCA family’s home where students swam, played tennis, jumped on the trampoline and got to know each other.

On Saturday, former SCA student Melody Kim joined the group and Anthony Mickelson, Carrie Hoelscher and Kathy Tharp shared on various topics related to transition to America.  One of the topics for the morning was “adaptability.”  Due to monsoon conditions, plans were adapted and the group spent the afternoon at Main Event.  That evening, the group went to Fellowship Greenwood’s Event Center to spend the night. Plans adapted again when a river began to flow through the Event Center. Students quickly found brooms and pushed water out while dancing to background music. No one could have planned a more appropriate activity for team building and working together. One of the buddies said, “This was the best Orientation Weekend ever!” It was quite a welcome for the new students and certainly a memory they will have forever.

Welcome to the USA!