Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Program Prepares Saudi Students for Life in the U.S.

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Coming to a new country to study abroad and learning how to live within an entirely new culture isn’t always easy for Saudi students.

That’s what prompted Sara Al-Rumikhani of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to start a new organization called Generations for Generations, in which Saudi volunteers who have studied in the U.S. work with students who are about to pursue an education overseas to prepare them for the experience, the Saudi Gazette reports.

In an interview with the newspaper, Sara, who graduated from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, described the organization as a “team of volunteers who believe in self-empowerment and virtue of advance planning.”

The organization, she says, consists of professionals and previous scholarship recipients who have studied overseas and are willing to share their experiences. They not only produce YouTube videos and step-by-step guides on how to prepare for life in the U.S., but they also hold seminars for those about to embark on their educational journey.

To put it simply, Sara says the goal of Generations for Generations is “to provide education of value to traveling students before, during, and after their scholarships, while at the same time being proactive in learning and social exchange in world’s best universities.”

Read more in the Saudi Gazette.

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