Celebrating Ramadan While Social Distancing

Celebrating Ramadan While Social Distancing

Each year as Muslims, we celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with fasting, praying, remembering the less fortunate, hanging the sparkly decorations on our windows, having family gatherings, and late-night visits, but this year doing all of these is impossible. The recent global pandemic forced us to ditch what we are used to; this severe situation has made social distancing, …

Pack Light!

Pack Light!

As many spring semester Global UGRADs were, I was excited to come to the United States. I was daydreaming about the fascinating conversations I would have even before arriving. “Where is your luggage?” This was the first question I was asked again and again as I moved from the airport to the hotel, then from the hotel to the new …

Fighting Isolation Through Digital Platforms

Fighting Isolation Through Digital Platforms

During my first few days in the United States, I was struggling to engage and connect with people. Eventually, I met students who shared the same interests and hobbies with me and had a group of people I could call my friends. Later on, I started to think of the hardest thing about being new at a university or college. …

Global UGRADs Featured in Campus News

Global UGRADs Featured in Campus News

The host institutions that help make Global UGRAD possible work hard to give participants a platform to share about their culture on campus. Central Washington University and Troy University recently interviewed students about their exchange experience and featured their stories on social media. Check it out below! Troy university's International Student Cultural Organization better known as "ISCO" takes time each …

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at St. Cloud State University

Since the beginning of the semester I have had the opportunity to get involved in different activities that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is something that fills me with joy and pride, because I firmly believe in the development of societies through understanding, inclusion, and teamwork. Recently, I was an ambassador at the Power in Diversity two-day conference, where …