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Profiles for Past Students

Simon is 18 years old and is from the French speaking region of Belgium.  He has a dream of working as a film director, and hopes to study film and music.  His academic interests include art, music, computers, journalism, and political science.  He has traveled throughout Europe, as well as to the US in the summer of 2012.  Now Simon  would like to experience the American life by living with a host family.  In addition to French and English, Simon has also studied German and Spanish.  He enjoys working out, basketball, golf, and squash.  His best friend would describe him as someone who is open to new ideas and discovering the world, but also likes to discuss his opinion with others and learn about their views.  Simon looks forward to getting know his new host family!

Zhuoyan is a 17 year old female from China.  She will be joining us at MCCC for 2 years.  She is interested in taking a variety of classes and hopes to become a teacher some day.  Zhuoyan enjoys playing the piano, badminton, ice skating, acting, and dancing.  Her friends describe her as “easy going,” a good listener but also talkative.  She previously spent a year of high school in Fort Worth, Texas.  Zhuoyan is very excited about coming to the US again, trying different things, and becoming a “real member” of her host family.

Sasa is a 19 year old male from The Netherlands.  Sasa will be with us for 1 year and hopes to study journalism and communication while at MCCC.  He enjoys playing many sports but particularly soccer.  In addition to Dutch and English, Sasa also speaks Serbo-Croatian.  His friends describe him as spontaneous, very nice, and say that he speaks his mind.  Since he was young it has always been his dream to come to the United States and he can’t wait to start his year here!

Hwi-Ram-is a 21 year old student from Korea.  He currently studies business administration at one of Korea’s most prestigious universities.  While in the US he aims to use this experience to not only improve his English but also try out different courses - such as journalism and mass media.  Hwi-Ram has been reading autobiographies of important figures recently.  He realized that the common thread through all of their stories was the willingness to try new experiences and challenge oneself, for this reason he has chosen to study in America and live with a host family.  In addition, Hwi-Ram has many other interests outside of the classroom.  He enjoys playing the piano and saxophone.  He also loves to demonstrate taekwondo with his martial arts club.  He states, “I hope to create good memories with your family and learn many things!”

Weicheng
is 18 years old and from China.  He has already spent a year of high school in Florida, and is keen on learning more about the US as well as sharing the Chinese culture and traditions.  Weicheng is very sociable and friendly, and enjoys having the chance to make new friends.  He hopes to study business courses while at the college and continue to work diligently on his English skills.  He enjoys playing soccer and playing the piano, and hopes to be able to do both during his stay in the US.


Patrick is 18 years old and from the Netherlands.  He is very focused on his career as working as an engineer in the automotive or aerospace industries.  He hopes to fine tune his English skills while in the US, as well as take classes that he may not have the opportunity in the Netherlands.  Patrick looks forward to immersing himself in the American culture and learning about customs that are both similar and disparate.  In his spare time he enjoys being active by running and currently cycles 8 miles from and to school a day.

EunJung is a 20 year old student from Korea.  She is interested in the arts, which is part of her motivation and eagerness to study in the United States.  EunJung likes to cook, is interested in photography, and enjoys exercise and volunteer work.  In addition, EunJung has played both the piano and violin since she was 10 years old, and loves anything to do with theatrical arts.  She is majoring in Fashion Design at her university in Korea.  EunJung hopes to study communication and the arts while in the US. 


Axel arrived from France in August 2010, and departed June 2011.  Axel particularly enjoyed taking theater, mass media, and speech during his time at the college.  He also enjoyed living with his host family, as it gave him the opportunity to see what the American culture was all about.

Domien
arrived from Belgium in August 2010, and departed June 2011.  During his time at the college he studied mainly Computer Information System classes.  One of Domien’s favorite aspects during his stay was getting to travel and see different parts of the US.

Joo-Young
arrived from Korea in August 2010, and departed June 2011.  While at the college JooYoung tried to study mainly education classes as that is what she is majoring at her university in Korea.  She was also involved in the choir.


Phuong Chu- arriving in August of 2009, four semester student from Vietnam. She loves drama, photography, and drawing.  Her ambition is to one day become an animation director.  She also plays the piano and the flute, as well as badminton. 

Enzo Ramos- arriving in August of 2009, two semester student from France.  He is interested in studying history, journalism, and political science.  In his spare time he enjoys reading a good book or watching a movie.  He also enjoys participating in sports, plays soccer, and runs.

Kartika Sidabutar- arriving in August of 2009, two semester from the Netherlands.  Kartika enjoys playing the piano, likes animals, and enjoys cooking.  Her career plans are currently undecided but she is interested in marketing, arts and music, as well as sociology.

Camilla Sorenson-arriving in August of 2009, two semester student from Denmark.  She is interested in dance, ballet, reading, and sightseeing.  She plans to have a career in business and is also interested in psychology.


Remy Kooistra: arrived August 2008, two-semester student, exploring college major.

Marisol Monsalvo Diaz: arrived August 2008, two-semester student, majoring in Business with a concentration on International Trade.

Xin Zhao: Arrived August 2008, four-semester student, departed November 2008 prior to program completion, majored in Business.


Eun-Jung Kim: Arrived January 2007, four-semester student, majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy.

Gabriela Raaflaub: Arrived August 2007, one semester student, departed December 2007, majored in psychology.  Noted the best parts of her experience were: meeting so many nice people, making great friends, experience new things, and learning a lot about herself.

Seung-Jin Kim: Arrived January 2007, four-semester student, departed March 2008 prior to program completion, majored in communication. 

Stephan Goss: Arrived January 2007, one semester student, departed May 2007; Majored in Business. Noted the best parts of his exchange experience were: taking classes at MCCC, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, learning how to golf, and meeting new people.

Francois Gilson: Arrived August 2007, two semester student, departed May 2008, majored in economics and marketing.  Noted the best parts of his experience were: meeting great host families, learning English, traveling in America, making friends, and learning about life.

Mayu Yamauchi: Arrived August 2007, two semester student, departed May 2008, majored in English and business.  Noted the best parts of her experience were: improving her English speaking abilities, meeting her host families, and traveling in America.

Bae Wool Lee: Arrived August 2007, two semester student, departed May 2008, majored in medical business administration.  Noted the best parts of his experience were: meeting great host families, purchasing his own car, and traveling to great cities in America.


Dmitriy Zelinski: Arrived January 2006, four-semester student, departed December 2007, majored in business management.  He transferred to Eastern Michigan University following graduation from MCCC.  Noted the best parts of his experience were:  meeting great people, purchasing his own car, having the ability to pick his own classes unlike the University in Kazakhstan where classes are assigned by the institution, and being successful in his studies.

Da-Young Kim: Arrived January 2006, two-semester student, departed December 2006; Majored in business.  Noted that the best parts of her exchange experience were: having Americans as my family and friends, experiencing lots of cultural occasions, spending time with myself and feeling that I have people who can help me.

Ae-Ran Lee: Arrived January 2006, two-semester student, departed December 2006; Majored in art history.  Noted the best parts of her exchange experience were: conversations with her host parents, taking walks with the dog, freshly served dinners and homemade cookies.

Joon-Sub An: Arrived January 2006, two-semester student, departed December 2006; Majored in business.  Noted the best parts of his exchange experience were: meeting many American friends and sharing cultures, participating in American holidays and attending classes at MCCC.

Anne-Sofie Voss: Arrived January 2006, one-semester student, departed May 2006; Majored in psychology.  Noted the best parts of her exchange experience were: making American friends and spending time with host family, attending classes at MCCC and learning about American culture.

Ines Rita Rutz: Arrived January 2006, one-semester student, departed May 2006; Majored in journalism.  Noted the best parts of her exchange experience were: shopping, spending time with host family and visiting the museums. 

Elsa Derrez: Arrived August 2006, two-semester student, departed May 2007; Majored in elementary education.  Noted the best parts of her exchange experience were: shopping, spending time with American family and friends, free REFILLS in the cafeteria and traveling the USA.

Jolien Van Middelaar: Arrived August 2006, two-semester student, departed May 2007; Majored in communication.  Noted the best parts of her exchange experience were: making friends, traveling the USA, free REFILLS at the cafeteria, learning about herself and American culture.

 

 

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    Megan McCaffery-Bezeau - YFU Coordinator  
   Monroe County Community College  
    1555 S. Raisinville Rd.  
    Monroe, MI 48161  
    734.384.4258  
    mmccaffery-bezeau@monroeccc.edu