Starting at JCC in 2018 in an exchange program
My journey at Jamestown Community College started in 2018 when I became a part of an exchange program that gave me a chance to study in the United States for two semesters. I remember the day I found out what my host institution would be: it was early morning in April, and I was on the subway, on my way to high school.
During the 2018-2019 academic year I studied psychology as my major, made friends, participated in events on campus, and had the best host family ever. These people, who have completely different cultural backgrounds, welcomed me to their family and treated me like their own daughter. I was so pleased to live, study, and be happy in a new place that already felt like home.
In May, 2019 I returned home. I was glad to reunite with my family and school friends. I knew that the exchange program gave me many opportunities and experiences I will carry with me forever.
Returning (virtually) to JCC in 2020: online learning, Student Senate, Honors courses, & more
In the summer of 2020 I started thinking about going back to college and continuing my education. Due to the pandemic, many things have changed and I was wondering if I could be back and enrolled at JCC. Luckily, I was accepted into a psychology program as a sophomore.
My fall 2020 semester is a little different from the experience of other students: I am taking classes from Moscow. Because of COVID regulations in my country, I could not come to the United States, but I am so glad that I have a chance to take online classes. Moreover, distance did not stop me from participating in student life events, as I was elected for the Student Senate. I can not be happier now because I am back at the place where I feel welcomed, accepted, and supported. Opportunities are limitless, and I am glad that pandemic convinced me in that one more time. This semester I have 18 credits, and 18 more to take in spring to, hopefully, successfully graduate and transfer.
This fall I am taking two psychology courses: Abnormal Behavior and Social Psychology. These classes convinced me one more time that psychology is a fascinating science, and there is so much more to learn in this field. As a part of my Honors project, I am working on a research paper that looks into the psychological underpinnings of homesickness that international students experience after moving to the USA to study. This research is guided by my personal experience, and I hope that by the end of this semester I will be able to better understand homesickness and help future international students in the transition from their home country to American college. Other courses I am currently taking are Immigrant Voices, English Composition I, World History since 1500, and Elementary Statistics. These all are beneficial for my future career, and I love that the course work is absorbing and enthralling.
I am really looking forward to being engaged with the JCC community for the next seven months because there are so many wonderful people and opportunities. I am glad to be back.
This post’s author: Kate Grigoreva
Hey! My name is Kate Grigoreva, and I’m an international student at JCC, majoring in psychology. I’m the chairperson for our Student Senate, so never hesitate to contact me with any question you may have! My instagram is @kateizkate