Dazed and confused, nervous and excited, over 800,000 international students step off the plane and into new lives in colleges and universities all around the United States each year. The journey is exhilarating, but it is not always easy. International students share a number of challenges that can hinder success, including limited English language skills, culture shock and a lack of familiarity with academic norms and expectations in the U.S.
Holly Patrick holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics and has been teaching ESL for over 20 years. More recently, Holly earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta where she also works as International Student Program Associate, developing and implementing programs and services for international MPH students. Holly has traveled extensively and lived in both Europe and Latin America.