What I first thought of Drexel

What I first thought of Drexel - week. I studied in a...

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What I first thought of Drexel When I first arrived at Drexel, I had no idea what to expect. I was in a completely foreign place with no friends or relatives. The thoughts that ran through my head ranged from ‘Yes! A new challenge!’ to ‘Uh oh… What have I gotten myself into’? Soon enough though, it all started to make sense. It was a mix of both with the majority being of the latter. My first real interaction with any of my peers was during international orientation, a full two weeks after I got to America. I could see that many of them felt the same way I did – they were confused. We were all in a culture that we had only experienced through movies and television shows. I had my work cut out for me, breaking the culture barrier was the first thing in line. I really didn’t expect to find as many different accents as I had encountered in my first
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Unformatted text preview: week. I studied in a mainly Arabic school where the English was slower and was heavily pronounced. Words were easier to understand for me there than they are here. A lot of people here speak much faster than they did back home and that will take a lot of getting used to. Sitting here and making this sound like a battle I’m about to go into alone would be really selfish of me. The office of international student affairs has really made our transition much easier than it would have been without them. The administration of Drexel as a whole and the community feeling you get in the university is really helpful and is one of the things I can find comfort in as I sit here typing this. The people here (Drexelians, maybe?) are the only source of energy that has helped me through the previous week and - hopefully - the next four years....
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2008 for the course ENG 103 taught by Professor Thorpe during the Spring '08 term at Drexel.

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