International students connect with UOG over virtual mixer
College students from Guam, Japan, and South Korea overcame distance as well as social distancing by coming together for a virtual mixer on Nov. 30. The mixer was planned and hosted by two UOG student interns in the Global Learning & Engagement office with the goal of highlighting the English Adventure Program for UOG students and recent graduates and prospective international students.
“The purpose of this event was to show that even though we’re going through a time of crisis, there are still ways that we can still come together, keep in touch with each other, and continue to share our love for the island and our international countries as well,” said Ingrid Toyama, a UOG communication major who planned the event with her fellow GLE intern, Angela Rosario.
In attendance were 31 students from the University of Guam’s International Friendship Club and students from various universities in Japan (Hosan University, Ryukoku, Sakushingakuin University, and Okayama University) and South Korea (Catholic University of Pusan, Chungwoon University, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Semyung University, Busan Women's College, Pukyong National University, JeonBuk National University, and Baewha Women's University).
The event included cultural dance lessons and Guam trivia highlighting aspects of the English Adventure Program — some of the types of activities that had taken place face-to-face when the international students could travel to Guam.
“Planning this event with Ingrid was super exciting, and we wanted to make sure that all the participants that joined had a fun time meeting new people as well as seeing familiar faces,” Rosario said. “It was definitely a great experience and the turnout had surpassed my expectations.”
The English Adventure Program will continue to make connections between international and UOG students through virtual meetings for the time being, holding English lessons and campus tours and featuring guest speakers and cultural activities.
Students and recent graduates who would like to participate in future events like this can follow GLE on Instagram @glecuog. For more information, contact Outreach Coordinator Luigi Bansil at 735-2607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.