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Friday, September 13, 2013

Meet Nuoya Wu!

My name is Nora (Nuoya) Wu, and I am a first year student at Mac. I grew up in China, and attended the United World College (UWC) in Norway for the past two years. It was a fantastic experience, and I hoped it would help me to facilitate the Global Ambassador Program with some creativity and openness of mind. I am excited to be a part of the team, to get engaged in its development, and to connect people and ideas within and beyond Mac.

This summer I have travelled around in Europe with my UWC friends after graduation. We went to Preikestolen in Norway, known in English as the pulpit rock. We hitchhiked all the way back to our school, which was fairly adventurous and exciting. We went to Paris, stunned by its beauty and romance, and talked with some local UWC alumni. Then we went to Rome and Venice to explore Italian food and history. Later I took the train through Germany to Sweden, and then on to Poland. Finally I flew back to China with all these new perspectives.

In China I volunteered as an English teacher and answered questions about study abroad from prospective students. Two friends of mine from Paraguay and Sweden also came to visit me for two weeks. I had the chance to guide them around, go to some tourist attractions for the first time (like the Great Wall), and discuss  social and cultural issues with them.

I arrived at Mac early in the morning of August 27, and things have been hectic ever since. First I had pre-orientation for international students, where I met awesome ISP mentors who picked us up at the airport, took us to Target, and shared their stories and experiences. We were dropped off in downtown Minneapolis to complete some tasks and find our way back to campus. It was so much fun! On August 29 we finally met the entire Class of 2017. Together we had Convocation, Faces of Mac, a talent show, and various other activities to help us to become engaged and better acquainted.

I really enjoy life at Mac so far. To be enrolled in a course specifically designated for first years encourages group work and discussion outside the classroom. And the emphasis on writing and residential engagement facilitates the college transition for both international and domestic students.

Here I have my academic advisor who helped me select courses and arrange my schedule. I have an RA who helps me with residential adaptation. I have my pre-orientation and orientation mentors who meet me frequently and give me tips for college. I have friends from various backgrounds from whom I learn a lot, both from our similarities and our differences. I have great professors and course assistants who are willing to answer any questions I have. What has amazed me the most is that how friendly people are at Mac and in the Twin Cities.

Ohhhh. I almost forgot: I even have a family here! My host mom has sent me emails since my first day of about her concern for me and how well I am accommodating to the United States.

The weather nowadays is sunny and beautiful, and it just reminds me the warmth of home.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Introduction to 2013-14 Global Ambassador Leaders

Well, it’s the time of year where the baton is passed to a new group of Global Ambassador leaders. Vincent, Luiza, and Jingjing did a great job of starting off the program and now it’s up to us to keep up the good work. Who are we? This blog post is an introduction to us, your Global Ambassador coordinators, and what we did this summer. Enjoy!

My name is Jonathan van Arneman and I’m a sophomore from the beautiful island of St. Martin. If you don’t know where that is you should really look it up cause you’re missing out. I chose to become a part of the Global Ambassadors Program because I love coming up with ideas and events and seeing them come into play. It’s magical. Not to mention that I was a very needy first year student myself so I know what it’s like to have a million questions. So feel free to ask away!

This summer I traveled to La Crosse, Wis., to visit a friend from Mac, and then I travelled to Cedarville, Mich., with the Macalester Christian Fellowship (MCF) to attend an Intervarsity event aimed at building stronger relationships within campus groups. It was an amazing experience and I hope to return next year. The rest of my summer consisted of a month studying contemporary dance in Mexico City, a month volunteering at a Christian camp in the Dominican Republic, short stops in Virginia, Washington D.C., and St. Martin, and then returning to campus early to begin my work as a Global Ambassadors Coordinator. What can I say? It was my best summer ever

Hi! My name is AlizĂ©e Vignon and I’m a sophomore. Although I’m from France, I’ve lived in Italy since I was eight years old. I have lived in many different cities in both countries, so if you need any advice on traveling there you should definitely ask me! I wanted to take part in the Global Ambassadors Program because I enjoy answering questions about my experience at Macalester and helping prospective students get to know the college. I think the GA Program is great and I love the fact that I have a role to play in its development. I can’t wait to work with all of you.

I spent the first two months of summer in Paris, where I interned for the Mexican Delegation to the OECD. I got to attend great conferences during the 2013 OECD Week and to speak Spanish for two months, which I really enjoyed. It was a great experience since I got to see how an international organization works from the inside. I also spent a couple days in Barcelona with a friend from Mac. It was my second time in Barcelona—I really love that city! After my internship, I visited my grandparents in the south of France. They live in Biarritz, a town in the Basque region, which is divided between France and Spain. We then traveled to Salamanca and Portugal, which was awesome since I got to practice speaking the Portuguese I started to learn last semester. Finally, I went to Corsica—an island southeast of France—for two weeks with a friend and her family. I boated, swam, and learned stand-up paddle-boarding, which was so much fun! I also came back to campus early to start work as a Global Ambassador Coordinator and an ISP Mentor.

I can’t wait to see all of you on campus and hear about your summers.


There is a third Global Ambassador but because she is a first year student, and thus full of fresh experiences, we decided she should have her own blog post. So stay tuned! We look forward to an amazing year.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Top Five: YouTube Videos

So, like many of you, before I came to Macalester I wanted to know everything about it. As such, my search brought me to Procrastination Heaven - YouTube. I had fun going through all the videos that came up when I searched for Macalester - and related videos that didn't - so I thought I'd share with you my five favorites, some of which were around when I was looking at colleges (oh so long ago, back when "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" ruled the airwaves), and some of which I have discovered since:

5. Macalester Bagpipes/Procession

Any Mac student who's anybody will a) know this song, and the fact that it is called "Scotland the Brave" by heart by the end of their four years here, and b) have seen this flag processional at least once. It's one of my favorite things about events at Mac, as you could probably have guessed based on my flag brownies earlier this summer...

4. Macalester Martial Arts Club

I. Love. This. Club. Their shows are one of the highlights of my semester - this one is from 2009. It's definitely something I'd recommend joining if you're interested!

3. Macalester Sirens - Lady Gaga Medley

This is our all-female a capella group, The Sirens. And Lady Gaga. This happened at the end of the fall semester last year, and I was so excited when I found it on YouTube because of how happy I was when it happened. It's a lot of fun and showcases the talents of several Sirens members!

2. Macalester Trads - Tracks of my Tears

The Trads are our all-male a capella group on campus, and this was one of the first YouTube videos I ever saw of Macalester, so I've always held a soft spot in my heart for it. You get the added bonus of seeing the interior of a lovely dorm hallway, as well as getting a tiny glimpse of the humor that the Trads inject in their shows - pay close attention to the backup singers when he sings "I need you"! Classic.

1. Macalester's Presidents' Day Video

Okay, so maybe you've seen this already, but there's no denying that it's fantastic. Brian Rosenberg, who many students affectionately call B-Ro, really steps it up for this video and highlights not only stuff that's cool to know about Mac for someone just looking at it for the first time, but he puts a lot of great inside jokes in for us students (hegemony, anyone?). Totally awesome.