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Hello! Bonjour! Hola! Ciao! Namaste! Ni Hau! Could you imagine leaving your family, friends, and home for 10 months out of the year? How about traveling to a country where you do not fluently speak the language.CB’s International Students are gallant and courageous for joining a program that requires a great amount of sacrifice. Christian […]

Hello! Bonjour! Hola! Ciao! Namaste! Ni Hau!

Could you imagine leaving your family, friends, and home for 10 months out of the year? How about traveling to a country where you do not fluently speak the language.CB’s International Students are gallant and courageous for joining a program that requires a great amount of sacrifice.

Christian Brothers International Student Program was founded in the Fall of 2012. Since then, CB has hosted students from 18 different countries, including China, South Korea, Singapore, Italy, Hungary, and Switzerland. There are currently 22 students enrolled in Christian Brothers ISP.

Christian Brothers has done a substantial job building up the International Student Program. Many schools have attempted an ISP, but they struggle with keeping the students because it was not what the students expected it to be. While at CB, most of the students end up staying in the United States throughout high school and even after college.

The Talon sat down with Ms. Patricia Gallagher, director of Christian Brothers’ International Student Program, and Kehan Liu (‘22) and Louine Walters (‘21), two international students, to gain some insight on how they are getting acclimated to not only a Christian Brothers education, but also American culture and customs.

“Recruiting students happens in various ways,” Ms. Gallagher says. “It really just depends on the people you know and the connections you make. I go out to the schools in China and meet them. I meet a lot of people when I travel and you just kind of make a pipeline.

When Louine was asked experience so far, she happily rejoiced with a smile.

“I have had a good time, and I love it here,” she says. “I have met a lot of people and ate a lot of food and visited places like Lake Tahoe.”

Louine shares that she truly loves going to school in America.

“We still go to school for eight hours, but we do not have fun in school, we don’t have sports, we don’t have rallies, just P.E,” she says. She decided to come to the United States to have a new experience and improve on learning American English versus British English.

Kehan says that she is still trying to get used to acclimate herself to an American lifestyle.

“CB’s school time is shorter than my country’s and CB’s homework is a little bit less, but just a little bit. CB has way more clubs and activities, and you are encouraged to play sports, whereas in China you are more focused on excelling in your studies”  Kehan explains. Her reasons for coming to the United States is to establish an easier gateway to attend UCs.

Brian Shine (’22)  hosts an international student and says living with an international student is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture.

“Having a host Student is a great opportunity because my family is able to learn about the Chinese schooling and lifestyle while also helping to emerge our international student into the American culture.”

Ultimately every culture is different, and it is definitely a stretch leaving everything you know. These students are brave enough to leave their families and step out of their comfort zones in order to further their educational and lifestyle experiences.

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