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First month reflection as a CCI student

By Muhammad Tayyab Gichki
On September 21, 2016

    “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet”. The Community College Initiative program (CCIP) provides opportunity for professional internships, service learning and community engagement activities. It also provides quality academic programs in the United States to build technical skills, enhance leadership capacities and strengthen English Language proficiency. Students from different countries are sponsored through this program to be trained and study in a major field.

This opportunity knocked on my door as well and luckily I met with this befalling, a pause. Luck once again endorsed me, in that I received placement in Cedar Rapids, the “City of Five Seasons” and the second largest city in the state of Iowa. The phrase “five seasons” and representation of the sculpture appear throughout Cedar Rapids, in many forms. I consider all the CCI students lucky to be placed in this beautiful city.

Moreover, I was so happy when I clocked into my destination, Kirkwood Community College, because it was clear enough that I would get to do something. I knew that international students face numerous challenges, including overcoming language barriers and adjusting to cultural differences. Yet, I had no adequate knowledge about this new esteemed culture. 

As an International student, I tried to find out how things are done here in the United States versus in my own country. 

Personal interaction between people, verbal and nonverbal communication are some differences. I thought I may also experience a phenomenon known commonly as “culture shock.” I voraciously started the process of learning this esteemed culture, or culture adaptation. Having started the process of adaptation it was clear enough, to say that the culture that was considered a challenge, had become a favourite to me. When faced with challenges, I turned my face to my smart goals that were imbued with many explorations and experiences.

There is today, undeniable evidence that to me, the impression at Kirkwood Community College was a clear picture of an enormous walkway to my destination, because it has so many things to offer. This college is permeated with research that has helped it dominate the state, in terms of resources, academics, technologies and other educational pathways.

Everything has new change. Being in the United States has been full of precious learning environments, new experiences, experiments, excitements and memories. It has helped me explore new cultures and achieve my personal and professional goals.

KCC helps the CCI students achieve their goals by imparting the relevant knowledge in their fields on modern lives. Additionally, it imparts on CCI Students valuable knowledge, precious skills and new experiences. 

The perception “perhaps not too far from reality” is of CCI students getting life changing opportunities at Kirkwood Community College. 

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