Tuesday, February 3, 2009
International Student Connections
When the Facebook Group “Scholarships for International Students” was created, I didn’t know what to expect, or if there would be any interest. Surprisingly, the first member joined in less than one hour, in the middle of the night, before I could even post a welcoming message! In less than two weeks, we had over 100 members. The day after the SIS group was created, it became apparent there was also a need for a sister site, Internships for International Students, as internship opportunities are as limited as scholarships and financial aid for international students. In making connections with students, I realized the focus of this group had to be broadened to include the complete international student experience. We live in a highly interdependent and interconnected world; there is power in diversity, and benefit in working together. There are tremendous opportunities for enabling change, and recognizing possibilities and potential! I truly believe we need a better system for positive exchange between students, businesses, and educational organizations to foster a better understanding of globalization and its future impact on society. With that in mind, we have decided to make a change in our organization name, our mission, and our website. Our name: International Student Connections. Our Mission: International Student Connections focuses on enhancing the student experience. ISC creates a system for positive exchange between students, businesses, and educational organizations to foster a better understanding of globalization and its future impact on society. Our goals: Internship and Employment Opportunities; Scholarships; Travel Opportunities; Service and Beyond; Cultural Education and Exchange. Change takes time; and people to believe in it, with a dedicated commitment to making it happen.