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Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public institution that offers an authentic American experience in the beautiful and lively city of Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Our hilltop campus is a place of diversity and friendliness. It embraces a proud heritage and a bold, ambitious future. WKU is home to many highly ranked and nationally recognized academic programs such as Business/Management, Journalism and Broadcasting, Engineering, Computer Science, Social Sciences, and Math, including an award-winning speech and debate team.  

In addition to our top academic programs, WKU is also home to competitive Division I Athletic teams including tennis, basketball, soccer, and football.  More than 20,000 students grace WKU's campus, including students from over 60 countries. WKU is one of four nationally recognized Safe Communities America by the National Safety Council and is ranked as one of the most beautiful southern campuses by U.S. News.  Centrally located and easily accessible to many major U.S. cities, WKU is known for the southern hospitality and charm that Kentucky has to offer.  Bowling Green, Kentucky (home to WKU) is ranked one of the top 10 U.S. college towns. 

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            [title] => Winter Break Resources
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/12/13/winter-break-resources/
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            [pubDate] => 2019-12-13
            [date] => 2019-12-13
            [description] => With winter break just around the corner, diplomats Kate and Abdullah have compiled a list of places on and off campus that are open during winter break. Check it out! Cravens library will be closed after 4:30 on Friday, December 13th. They will reopen on Jan. 6th, Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm. More info can be found here. Except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day (Dec. 24th, 25th, 31st, and Jan. 1st), Preston will have the following hours from Dec. 16th through Jan. 1st: Fitness Center: Monday – Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm Natatorium: Monday – Friday 6am-9am, 11:30am-1pm, 3pm-5:30pm, Saturday 9am-5:30pm, Sunday 1pm-5:30pm Except for being closed on Jan. 20th for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from Jan. 6th to Jan. 26th, Preston will have the following hours: Fitness Center: Monday-Friday 6am-8pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm Natatorium: Monday-Friday 6am-9am, 11:30am-1pm, 3pm-7:30pm, Saturday 9am-5:30pm, Sunday 1pm-5:30pm Preston Center will return to normal operating hours on Jan. 26th. The computer lab at JRH will be closed from Dec. 14th to Jan. 5th and reopens Jan. 6th. All of WKU’s buses will be out of service until spring semester begins, except the Shopping Shuttle will run on Wednesday and Saturday of intersession service and holidays. BG’s Go bus comes through campus; however. You can explore BG Go’s bus routes, schedules and prices here. The residence halls will close on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6pm for winter break, with the exception of Douglas Keen, Northeast, and Hilltopper Halls. All residence halls will reopen on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8am. 6. Off-Campus Resources — Groceries Wal-Mart: 12/24: Closes approximately 7:00 PM 12/ 25: Closed 12/26: Opens 7:00 AM, resumes normal hours (open 24/7) Meijer: 12/24 – Closes at 7:00 PM 12/25- Closed 12/26 – Opens 6:00 AM, resumes normal hours (Open 24/7) Target: 12/ 24: Closes at 10 PM 12/25: Closed 12/ 26: Resumes normal hours Kroger: 12/25 – Closed all-day 12/26- Opens at 7:00 AM 12/31- Closes at 9:00 PM 1/1- Opens at 7:00 AM 7. Off-Campus Resources — Restaurants Waffle House: all locations open Dec. 24th and 25th Zaxby’s Chicken: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 10:45am – 9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 10:45 – 10:00pm Taco Bell: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 7 am – 12 am, Friday & Saturday 7 am – 2 am Arby’s: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 10am – 11pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 12am Chili’s Bar & Grill: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 10:45am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 10:45am – 11:30pm Mellow Mushroom: Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm For more restaurant holiday’s hours, check out WBKO’s list.
            [summary] => With winter break just around the corner, diplomats Kate and Abdullah have compiled a list of places on and off campus that are open during winter break. Check it out! Cravens library will be closed after 4:30 on Friday, December 13th. They will reopen on Jan. 6th, Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm. More info can be found here. Except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day (Dec. 24th, 25th, 31st, and Jan. 1st), Preston will have the following hours from Dec. 16th through Jan. 1st: Fitness Center: Monday – Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm Natatorium: Monday – Friday 6am-9am, 11:30am-1pm, 3pm-5:30pm, Saturday 9am-5:30pm, Sunday 1pm-5:30pm Except for being closed on Jan. 20th for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from Jan. 6th to Jan. 26th, Preston will have the following hours: Fitness Center: Monday-Friday 6am-8pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm Natatorium: Monday-Friday 6am-9am, 11:30am-1pm, 3pm-7:30pm, Saturday 9am-5:30pm, Sunday 1pm-5:30pm Preston Center will return to normal operating hours on Jan. 26th. The computer lab at JRH will be closed from Dec. 14th to Jan. 5th and reopens Jan. 6th. All of WKU’s buses will be out of service until spring semester begins, except the Shopping Shuttle will run on Wednesday and Saturday of intersession service and holidays. BG’s Go bus comes through campus; however. You can explore BG Go’s bus routes, schedules and prices here. The residence halls will close on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6pm for winter break, with the exception of Douglas Keen, Northeast, and Hilltopper Halls. All residence halls will reopen on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8am. 6. Off-Campus Resources — Groceries Wal-Mart: 12/24: Closes approximately 7:00 PM 12/ 25: Closed 12/26: Opens 7:00 AM, resumes normal hours (open 24/7) Meijer: 12/24 – Closes at 7:00 PM 12/25- Closed 12/26 – Opens 6:00 AM, resumes normal hours (Open 24/7) Target: 12/ 24: Closes at 10 PM 12/25: Closed 12/ 26: Resumes normal hours Kroger: 12/25 – Closed all-day 12/26- Opens at 7:00 AM 12/31- Closes at 9:00 PM 1/1- Opens at 7:00 AM 7. Off-Campus Resources — Restaurants Waffle House: all locations open Dec. 24th and 25th Zaxby’s Chicken: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 10:45am – 9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 10:45 – 10:00pm Taco Bell: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 7 am – 12 am, Friday & Saturday 7 am – 2 am Arby’s: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 10am – 11pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 12am Chili’s Bar & Grill: Monday – Thursday & Sunday 10:45am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 10:45am – 11:30pm Mellow Mushroom: Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm For more restaurant holiday’s hours, check out WBKO’s list.
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            [title] => Best Places to Study Around Campus
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/12/04/best-places-to-study-around-campus/
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            [pubDate] => 2019-12-04
            [date] => 2019-12-04
            [description] => Finals are just around the corner, so international student diplomats Joel and Gabby are here to tell you about their favorite study spots on campus. The DSU Study Lounge , has  many comfortable chairs, sofas, and tables that are great to share with friends while you study together. You can even schedule free tutoring sessions. Plus, you are near to DSU food court, and the rec room whenever you need to recharge between study sessions! It offers all the facilities you need to feel comfortable and give the best of yourself in your studying process. Click here to see the Study Lounge hours. This  building offers you many areas for studying. Not just comfortable sofas and big tables you can share with friends, but  private study rooms.If you are taking any language or honors classes, this might be your spot. If you need to change your environment while still taking full advantage of your studying time, Starbucks offers you what you are looking for. The smell of coffee and good music makes for a welcoming environment for students and coffee lovers. All this makes the studying daily activity such an enjoyable experience. You can always go for more coffee if you feel tired and enjoy it with friends. Jody Richards Hall, formerly known as Mass Media and Technology Hall, is the home of the School of Media, and is endowed with electronic classrooms, photojournalism labs, a 24-hour computer lab and a 250 seat auditorium. The third floor in MMTH is also great for study especially if you prefer a quiet atmosphere. The Registry Club House at the Registry apartment complex near campus is a community center open to all students. to help support their productivity by giving them a fully equipped computer lab and individual study rooms at their fingertips. It is equipped with an on-site state-of-the-art fitness facilities to keep you healthy. The clubhouse at Registry Bowling Green provides a unique center off campus to stay engaged with your books in an enjoyable atmosphere.
            [summary] => Finals are just around the corner, so international student diplomats Joel and Gabby are here to tell you about their favorite study spots on campus. The DSU Study Lounge , has  many comfortable chairs, sofas, and tables that are great to share with friends while you study together. You can even schedule free tutoring sessions. Plus, you are near to DSU food court, and the rec room whenever you need to recharge between study sessions! It offers all the facilities you need to feel comfortable and give the best of yourself in your studying process. Click here to see the Study Lounge hours. This  building offers you many areas for studying. Not just comfortable sofas and big tables you can share with friends, but  private study rooms.If you are taking any language or honors classes, this might be your spot. If you need to change your environment while still taking full advantage of your studying time, Starbucks offers you what you are looking for. The smell of coffee and good music makes for a welcoming environment for students and coffee lovers. All this makes the studying daily activity such an enjoyable experience. You can always go for more coffee if you feel tired and enjoy it with friends. Jody Richards Hall, formerly known as Mass Media and Technology Hall, is the home of the School of Media, and is endowed with electronic classrooms, photojournalism labs, a 24-hour computer lab and a 250 seat auditorium. The third floor in MMTH is also great for study especially if you prefer a quiet atmosphere. The Registry Club House at the Registry apartment complex near campus is a community center open to all students. to help support their productivity by giving them a fully equipped computer lab and individual study rooms at their fingertips. It is equipped with an on-site state-of-the-art fitness facilities to keep you healthy. The clubhouse at Registry Bowling Green provides a unique center off campus to stay engaged with your books in an enjoyable atmosphere.
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            [title] => Student Spotlight: Peruvian Amelia Ampuero serves Bowling Green community with internship at local veterinarian clinic
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/26/student-spotlight-peruvian-amelia-ampuero-serves-bowling-green-community-with-internship-at-local-veterinarian-clinic/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/26/student-spotlight-peruvian-amelia-ampuero-serves-bowling-green-community-with-internship-at-local-veterinarian-clinic/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2019-11-26
            [date] => 2019-11-26
            [description] => You may know Amelia as one of the front desk staff for ISSS & Study Abroad & Global Learning, however, aside from serving students with a warm & friendly smile in HCIC suite 1014, she’s taking advantage of some incredible learning opportunities outside the classroom and off campus at All Creatures Animal Hospital. Video by: Jake Stevenson
            [summary] => You may know Amelia as one of the front desk staff for ISSS & Study Abroad & Global Learning, however, aside from serving students with a warm & friendly smile in HCIC suite 1014, she’s taking advantage of some incredible learning opportunities outside the classroom and off campus at All Creatures Animal Hospital. Video by: Jake Stevenson
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            [title] => Ayman Alwehaibi – WKU Student Receives Internship at Tristar Greenview Hospital
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/21/ayman-alwehaibi-wku-student-receives-internship-at-tristar-greenview-hospital/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/21/ayman-alwehaibi-wku-student-receives-internship-at-tristar-greenview-hospital/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2019-11-21
            [date] => 2019-11-21
            [description] => Ayman Alwehaibi from Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, came to Western Kentucky University as a transfer student in 2017. Alwehaibi says he wishes he would have known about the school sooner. It was not until an acquaintance who was also a student at Western Kentucky University introduced Ayman to the school that he applied and was accepted that he transferred to WKU to pursue a degree in health care administration. “I’m glad I transferred here because everybody is friendly, helpful, and everybody wants you to succeed,” said Ayman. Ayman says he especially found this to be true when Melanie Eaton, a faculty member of the public health department at WKU, helped him get an internship in his desired field of health care administration.  “If Eaton wasn’t there, giving me that hand to help me, I wouldn’t have gotten the [internship].” Ayman interned at TriStar Greenview from January to August of this year. During his internship, he helped with several areas of hospital administration, especially in administration, an area he wanted to gain direct experience with. Ayman aided in buying and selling medical equipment for the hospital, gathering and dispersing information on patient and employee satisfaction, as well as transferring calls to desired areas of the hospital.  Ayman says that if he could give advice to his fellow international students it would be this:  “Don’t waste your time, come here. You’re going to find yourself. Everybody feels that we are one community which is great. That’s what I love [about] WKU.”
            [summary] => Ayman Alwehaibi from Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, came to Western Kentucky University as a transfer student in 2017. Alwehaibi says he wishes he would have known about the school sooner. It was not until an acquaintance who was also a student at Western Kentucky University introduced Ayman to the school that he applied and was accepted that he transferred to WKU to pursue a degree in health care administration. “I’m glad I transferred here because everybody is friendly, helpful, and everybody wants you to succeed,” said Ayman. Ayman says he especially found this to be true when Melanie Eaton, a faculty member of the public health department at WKU, helped him get an internship in his desired field of health care administration.  “If Eaton wasn’t there, giving me that hand to help me, I wouldn’t have gotten the [internship].” Ayman interned at TriStar Greenview from January to August of this year. During his internship, he helped with several areas of hospital administration, especially in administration, an area he wanted to gain direct experience with. Ayman aided in buying and selling medical equipment for the hospital, gathering and dispersing information on patient and employee satisfaction, as well as transferring calls to desired areas of the hospital.  Ayman says that if he could give advice to his fellow international students it would be this:  “Don’t waste your time, come here. You’re going to find yourself. Everybody feels that we are one community which is great. That’s what I love [about] WKU.”
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            [title] => The White City: Experiences at the Corso de la Amistad
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/06/the-white-city-experiences-at-the-arequipa-festival/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/06/the-white-city-experiences-at-the-arequipa-festival/#comments
            [pubDate] => 2019-11-06
            [date] => 2019-11-06
            [description] => Our International Student Diplomat Gabby Vargas took at little bit of WKU home with her this summer to the festival called the “Corso de la Amistad” in Arequipa, Peru. Read more to hear from Gabby about her experience. My name is Gabriela, and I am a current student at Western Kentucky University and an International Student Diplomat. I was born in Arequipa which is called “The White City” of Peru. This is because of its architectural monuments built with a white volcanic rock called sillar. Arequipa people are proud of having been born in the skirts of volcanoes where the sillar came from. They honor this with a big celebration.  On August 15 of each year, Arequipeños  and tourists from all around the world arrive to Arequipa to celebrate its anniversary.  The “Corso de la Amistad” is the central activity of Arequipa’s anniversary. It is a festivity full of color and joy, where the various institutions and people pay homage to the city with the presentation of traditional dances, like “Montonero Arequipeño”. This dance represents the joy and celebration of the villagers, the “montoneros,” after the war finished and they can finally return home. I had the honor of moving WKU’s red flag next to Arequipa’s and Peru’s flag. And, as the “Montoneros”, I am excited and honored to represent my country far away from home.  
            [summary] => Our International Student Diplomat Gabby Vargas took at little bit of WKU home with her this summer to the festival called the “Corso de la Amistad” in Arequipa, Peru. Read more to hear from Gabby about her experience. My name is Gabriela, and I am a current student at Western Kentucky University and an International Student Diplomat. I was born in Arequipa which is called “The White City” of Peru. This is because of its architectural monuments built with a white volcanic rock called sillar. Arequipa people are proud of having been born in the skirts of volcanoes where the sillar came from. They honor this with a big celebration.  On August 15 of each year, Arequipeños  and tourists from all around the world arrive to Arequipa to celebrate its anniversary.  The “Corso de la Amistad” is the central activity of Arequipa’s anniversary. It is a festivity full of color and joy, where the various institutions and people pay homage to the city with the presentation of traditional dances, like “Montonero Arequipeño”. This dance represents the joy and celebration of the villagers, the “montoneros,” after the war finished and they can finally return home. I had the honor of moving WKU’s red flag next to Arequipa’s and Peru’s flag. And, as the “Montoneros”, I am excited and honored to represent my country far away from home.  
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            [title] => Ali Abdulraheem: WKU grad succeeds as an Industrial Hygienist in the Health, Safety, and Environment Group at Kuwait Oil Company
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/04/ali-abdulraheem/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/04/ali-abdulraheem/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2019-11-04
            [date] => 2019-11-04
            [description] => We love it when international alumni stay in touch and share how they’re using their WKU degree. We were fortunate enough to recently catch up with Ali Abdulraheem, a Chemistry graduate from Kuwait. He now resides in Kuwait and works for Kuwait Oil Company. Last Spring when some of the team members from WKU’s Global Learning & International Affairs spent some time in Kuwait, he was kind enough to give them a full tour of Kuwait City and host them in his home for a meal. Not only does Ali generously give up his time to us, but also to students interested in studying at WKU by offering to connect with incoming students before they travel to campus for the first time. Ali graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in Astronomy in 2015. Then he went on to complete his Masters of Science in Chemistry in 2017. We spoke to Ali about his experience at WKU and how that led him to the job he has now. Here’s what he had to say: “Although a lot of people can be qualified, the beautiful environment and people at WKU has shaped the way I am today.” Ali, like many of our international students, had the unique experience of being immersed in American culture while also getting to know people from all over the world. “The experience of the American culture and also international students can be rewarding in terms of opening up minds and expanding your horizons. Such experiences will definitely help you succeed in your career and life in general,” said Ali. Now Ali is working as an Industrial Hygienist in the Health, Safety, and Environment Group at Kuwait Oil Company. “My job is mostly related to controlling anything that can affect employees’ health from ergonomics to chemicals or radiation. It’s a very large field and we try to ensure that certain measures and standards are implemented and practiced in the company for the health and safety of all workers,” said Ali. In this photo, Ali says he was doing a survey to find out how hazardous certain jobs are to employees’ health. “In this case we were evaluating the hazards of aircrafts, which are used in medical emergencies, to see how the noise and ergonomics affected the pilots and the paramedics. Once we have all of the data, we can categorize the job as hazardous or not hazardous.” Special thanks to Ali for sharing his success story with us! If you are a international WKU alumni and are interested in being featured on the WKU, reach out to us at wkuiempr@gmail.com.
            [summary] => We love it when international alumni stay in touch and share how they’re using their WKU degree. We were fortunate enough to recently catch up with Ali Abdulraheem, a Chemistry graduate from Kuwait. He now resides in Kuwait and works for Kuwait Oil Company. Last Spring when some of the team members from WKU’s Global Learning & International Affairs spent some time in Kuwait, he was kind enough to give them a full tour of Kuwait City and host them in his home for a meal. Not only does Ali generously give up his time to us, but also to students interested in studying at WKU by offering to connect with incoming students before they travel to campus for the first time. Ali graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in Astronomy in 2015. Then he went on to complete his Masters of Science in Chemistry in 2017. We spoke to Ali about his experience at WKU and how that led him to the job he has now. Here’s what he had to say: “Although a lot of people can be qualified, the beautiful environment and people at WKU has shaped the way I am today.” Ali, like many of our international students, had the unique experience of being immersed in American culture while also getting to know people from all over the world. “The experience of the American culture and also international students can be rewarding in terms of opening up minds and expanding your horizons. Such experiences will definitely help you succeed in your career and life in general,” said Ali. Now Ali is working as an Industrial Hygienist in the Health, Safety, and Environment Group at Kuwait Oil Company. “My job is mostly related to controlling anything that can affect employees’ health from ergonomics to chemicals or radiation. It’s a very large field and we try to ensure that certain measures and standards are implemented and practiced in the company for the health and safety of all workers,” said Ali. In this photo, Ali says he was doing a survey to find out how hazardous certain jobs are to employees’ health. “In this case we were evaluating the hazards of aircrafts, which are used in medical emergencies, to see how the noise and ergonomics affected the pilots and the paramedics. Once we have all of the data, we can categorize the job as hazardous or not hazardous.” Special thanks to Ali for sharing his success story with us! If you are a international WKU alumni and are interested in being featured on the WKU, reach out to us at wkuiempr@gmail.com.
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            [title] => Meet Muhammad, “Salal” Kahn, a WKU grad from Pakistan
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/01/meet-muhammad-salal-kahn-a-wku-grad-from-pakistan/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/11/01/meet-muhammad-salal-kahn-a-wku-grad-from-pakistan/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2019-11-01
            [date] => 2019-11-01
            [description] => We have so much pride for this #wkugrad. Muhammad Salal Khan graduated with a mechanical engineering degree last spring and now works as an engineer at a local company. Hear first-hand his experience studying in the U.S. and his advice for new international students.
            [summary] => We have so much pride for this #wkugrad. Muhammad Salal Khan graduated with a mechanical engineering degree last spring and now works as an engineer at a local company. Hear first-hand his experience studying in the U.S. and his advice for new international students.
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            [title] => Finding Your Groove: Balancing Life With School
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/10/25/finding-your-groove-balancing-life-with-school/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/10/25/finding-your-groove-balancing-life-with-school/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2019-10-25
            [date] => 2019-10-25
            [description] => Leading a balanced life can actually make you more productive at school. Taking time for yourself can benefit you and your grades in the long run. Here are some tips from students Alessia, Niyati, and Grace on how to find your groove. Before you start stressing, get organized. Organizing your room and desk can go a long way. According to an article by the Journal of Neuroscience having a cluttered environment can interfere with your ability to focus. Clean up and then start on your homework.  When planning out your week, don’t forget to make self-care a priority. Eating right, sleeping well, and exercising regularly leads to balanced, healthy life. Plus, not having enough sleep can make you less productive. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute “[People who are sleep deficient] take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.”  Give yourself fun things to look forward to between study sessions. Once you cross something off your list, do something that you love for 30 minutes and make sure you set a timer so you don’t get off track. Eat a snack, watch Netflix, chat with friends or take a walk.   When you’re ready to sit down and do your homework, find a quiet spot. Turn off your phone and put it away. Better yet, consider leaving your phone at home when you go study. According to a study done by the University of Chicago, even the mere presence of your phone can be distracting. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to have more time to yourself while increasing productivity. That way, at the end of the week, you can kick back and relax with friends.
            [summary] => Leading a balanced life can actually make you more productive at school. Taking time for yourself can benefit you and your grades in the long run. Here are some tips from students Alessia, Niyati, and Grace on how to find your groove. Before you start stressing, get organized. Organizing your room and desk can go a long way. According to an article by the Journal of Neuroscience having a cluttered environment can interfere with your ability to focus. Clean up and then start on your homework.  When planning out your week, don’t forget to make self-care a priority. Eating right, sleeping well, and exercising regularly leads to balanced, healthy life. Plus, not having enough sleep can make you less productive. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute “[People who are sleep deficient] take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.”  Give yourself fun things to look forward to between study sessions. Once you cross something off your list, do something that you love for 30 minutes and make sure you set a timer so you don’t get off track. Eat a snack, watch Netflix, chat with friends or take a walk.   When you’re ready to sit down and do your homework, find a quiet spot. Turn off your phone and put it away. Better yet, consider leaving your phone at home when you go study. According to a study done by the University of Chicago, even the mere presence of your phone can be distracting. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to have more time to yourself while increasing productivity. That way, at the end of the week, you can kick back and relax with friends.
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            [title] => Meet WKU’s 2019-2020 International Student Diplomats
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/09/04/meet-wkus-2019-2020-international-student-diplomats/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/09/04/meet-wkus-2019-2020-international-student-diplomats/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2019-09-04
            [date] => 2019-09-04
            [description] => Each year, International Student and Scholar Services awards scholarships to a select group of high-performing international students who, after submitting a formal application and presentation, show a passion for serving the international students on WKU’s campus. Depending on the talent pool, the number of recipients varies from year to year, however, whether the group consists of 5 or 10, they possess the skills necessary to provide support services to prospective, incoming and first-year international students so that no matter where they may come from, all international students feel welcomed and supported on “The Hill.” “Working with this group of students is by far one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” said WesleyAnne Watkins, a co-advisor for the program. “This group has always shown an incredible and contagious passion for making a difference in the lives of the students on our campus. They genuinely want to make sure new students are getting involved and become fully integrated into WKU life so that they are making the most of their experience studying in a different country and culture.” The International Student Diplomats not only serve as the core support group for international students but also stand in as campus representatives for the international student body. They take an oath to answer any questions prospective students may have, to guide all first-year international students through their introductory year at WKU, and offer programming to make sure international students are interacting not only with one another but also with the entire campus community and have ample opportunities to share their cultures with the WKU campus as a whole. Kate Ngo (Accounting and Finance major from Vietnam), now serving her second year in the program says being an International Student Diplomat means so much to her because it fulfills her goal of helping international students who are new to WKU. “I feel like the world we live in is not just about our own shell,” Kate said. “It is also about the people surrounding us. I love to meet and communicate with people from around the globe to sharpen my knowledge of not only my own culture but other cultures too.” This year’s group is comprised of eight international students, all from different countries, both undergraduate and graduate and all pursing different degree paths: “This program is vital to our student support services,” said Savannah White, also a co-advisor of the program. “We’ve learned that perspective and even current students would much rather talk to another student who has either gone through what they’re currently facing or someone that they feel a connection to, either because they are from the same country or are interested in the same major. The really important and organic conversations happen peer-to-peer and far more valuable than any conversation I could have with a student.” International Student Diplomats are available for in-person meetings on campus, as well as WhatsApp and Skype sessions for prospective students. A current or prospective student who may benefit from chatting with a diplomat can view the profiles of each member and schedule a chat HERE or contact the diplomats via the methods below:
            [summary] => Each year, International Student and Scholar Services awards scholarships to a select group of high-performing international students who, after submitting a formal application and presentation, show a passion for serving the international students on WKU’s campus. Depending on the talent pool, the number of recipients varies from year to year, however, whether the group consists of 5 or 10, they possess the skills necessary to provide support services to prospective, incoming and first-year international students so that no matter where they may come from, all international students feel welcomed and supported on “The Hill.” “Working with this group of students is by far one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” said WesleyAnne Watkins, a co-advisor for the program. “This group has always shown an incredible and contagious passion for making a difference in the lives of the students on our campus. They genuinely want to make sure new students are getting involved and become fully integrated into WKU life so that they are making the most of their experience studying in a different country and culture.” The International Student Diplomats not only serve as the core support group for international students but also stand in as campus representatives for the international student body. They take an oath to answer any questions prospective students may have, to guide all first-year international students through their introductory year at WKU, and offer programming to make sure international students are interacting not only with one another but also with the entire campus community and have ample opportunities to share their cultures with the WKU campus as a whole. Kate Ngo (Accounting and Finance major from Vietnam), now serving her second year in the program says being an International Student Diplomat means so much to her because it fulfills her goal of helping international students who are new to WKU. “I feel like the world we live in is not just about our own shell,” Kate said. “It is also about the people surrounding us. I love to meet and communicate with people from around the globe to sharpen my knowledge of not only my own culture but other cultures too.” This year’s group is comprised of eight international students, all from different countries, both undergraduate and graduate and all pursing different degree paths: “This program is vital to our student support services,” said Savannah White, also a co-advisor of the program. “We’ve learned that perspective and even current students would much rather talk to another student who has either gone through what they’re currently facing or someone that they feel a connection to, either because they are from the same country or are interested in the same major. The really important and organic conversations happen peer-to-peer and far more valuable than any conversation I could have with a student.” International Student Diplomats are available for in-person meetings on campus, as well as WhatsApp and Skype sessions for prospective students. A current or prospective student who may benefit from chatting with a diplomat can view the profiles of each member and schedule a chat HERE or contact the diplomats via the methods below:
            [wp_image] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/files/2019/09/19-20diplomats-75x75.png
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    [9] => Array
        (
            [title] => WKU Welcomes International Students from 28 Countries
            [link] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/08/26/wku-welcomes-international-students-from-28-countries/
            [comments] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/2019/08/26/wku-welcomes-international-students-from-28-countries/#respond
            [pubDate] => 2019-08-26
            [date] => 2019-08-26
            [description] => This past week, Global Learning & International Affairs welcomed new international students and scholars to WKU’s campus for the Fall 2019 academic term including 28 countries in representation. During a three-day extended orientation, students and scholars were paired with current international students through the WKU International Student Diplomat Program and were offered programming to help support cultural adjustment and academic success. “Our hope is to make sure that we’re providing the resources needed to help a student feel like they’re a part of WKU. Chances are, they haven’t had the opportunity to explore campus in person before. That coupled with the adjustment to a new culture and being so far away from home makes it incredibly important for us to provide a warm and understanding support system for our international students from day one,” said WesleyAnne Watkins, International Student Advisor. “ International Student Orientation includes several workshops and activities focused on providing immigration support, cultural support and promote awareness of the many campus resources available to students during their time at WKU. From a campus scavenger hunt to a WKU and community resource fair to academic advising, participants spent the latter part of the week familiarizing themselves with their new home on “The Hill”. “International students are fully woven into the WKU community and are represented in all colleges. You will not only see them in classrooms, but you can hear them cheer-on fellow athletes on our fields and applaud their shots on the court,” said John Sunnygard, Associate Provost for Global Learning and International Affairs.  “We are delighted to host International students who bring their individual experiences and different perspectives to our community to learn, create, do research and work in internships. To learn more about WKU’s international students, connect with the International Student & Scholar Services department on Instagram & Facebook. Countries in representation for new incoming international students & scholars enrolled in the Fall 2019 term include: ArgentinaNigeriaSaudi ArabiaBahamasFranceSouth AfricaBelizeGermanySouth KoreaBrazilHaitiTaiwan (Republic Of China)CanadaHondurasThailandDemocratic Republic of CongoIndiaUnited KingdomDenmarkIranVietnamDominicaJapanZimbabweEgyptKuwaitEthiopiaOman
            [summary] => This past week, Global Learning & International Affairs welcomed new international students and scholars to WKU’s campus for the Fall 2019 academic term including 28 countries in representation. During a three-day extended orientation, students and scholars were paired with current international students through the WKU International Student Diplomat Program and were offered programming to help support cultural adjustment and academic success. “Our hope is to make sure that we’re providing the resources needed to help a student feel like they’re a part of WKU. Chances are, they haven’t had the opportunity to explore campus in person before. That coupled with the adjustment to a new culture and being so far away from home makes it incredibly important for us to provide a warm and understanding support system for our international students from day one,” said WesleyAnne Watkins, International Student Advisor. “ International Student Orientation includes several workshops and activities focused on providing immigration support, cultural support and promote awareness of the many campus resources available to students during their time at WKU. From a campus scavenger hunt to a WKU and community resource fair to academic advising, participants spent the latter part of the week familiarizing themselves with their new home on “The Hill”. “International students are fully woven into the WKU community and are represented in all colleges. You will not only see them in classrooms, but you can hear them cheer-on fellow athletes on our fields and applaud their shots on the court,” said John Sunnygard, Associate Provost for Global Learning and International Affairs.  “We are delighted to host International students who bring their individual experiences and different perspectives to our community to learn, create, do research and work in internships. To learn more about WKU’s international students, connect with the International Student & Scholar Services department on Instagram & Facebook. Countries in representation for new incoming international students & scholars enrolled in the Fall 2019 term include: ArgentinaNigeriaSaudi ArabiaBahamasFranceSouth AfricaBelizeGermanySouth KoreaBrazilHaitiTaiwan (Republic Of China)CanadaHondurasThailandDemocratic Republic of CongoIndiaUnited KingdomDenmarkIranVietnamDominicaJapanZimbabweEgyptKuwaitEthiopiaOman
            [wp_image] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/files/2019/08/WhatsApp-Image-2019-08-21-at-1.59.27-PM-75x75.jpeg
            [wp_big_image] => https://international.blog.wku.edu/files/2019/08/WhatsApp-Image-2019-08-21-at-1.59.27-PM-350x250.jpeg
        )

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