Grenfell Campus is host to over 200 international students - a number that has risen steadily over the past decade and is projected to continue to rise in the near future as we expand our global recruitment efforts. With the rise in the number international students, there have been a myriad of shifts in the human landscape of our campus and there has been a growing conversation about what it means to be an international student and how that identity positions these students within the community. In truth, being an international student means something very different and very personal for each individual student, and the purpose of this session is to provide some of our international students with a platform to openly discuss their experiences, challenges, and triumphs, and in turn, to provide the community at large with insight into the life of an international student.
To accomplish this goal, we have invited 3 current international students studying at Memorial University to discuss their experiences in a group interview. These students are Rafael Campos from Portugal, Jacqueline Wong from Hong Kong, and Shireen Merchant from Pakistan. Each student is at a different stage in their academic career, is studying in a different program, and has had a variety of different experiences related to their status as international students living and studying in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They will be joined by Grenfell's international student recruitment officer, Thomas Young, who will be facilitating the discussion. After the general discussion, there will be a Q&A session where viewers will have the opportunity to learn more about the students' collective and individual international student experiences.