Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
ISSS Updates
Thank You for a Great Semester!
This semester, we implemented a new section of our newsletter that highlighted our students. We loved getting to know those who were interviewed, and we hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about other students on campus as well as organizations you may not have been familiar with before. We will be highlighting more students for the Spring semester so be sure to read future newsletters for details. Our weekly newsletter will start up again on January 16.

For our graduates, congratulations! We loved assisting you along your journey at Kent State! For those of you taking classes in the Spring, good luck on the rest of finals, and we will see you for the start of the semester on January 14Thanks to all of you for helping to make this a great semester, and have a restful holiday break.

Winter Break Dining Hours and Locations
With winter break fast approaching, housing and dining needs might be a concern. All dining hours during the break can be found online here. If you have housing questions, please see this website.
 
Don't forget, OGE will be closed starting Friday, December 21st at 5:00 pm and will not reopen until January 2nd at 8:00 am. Have a safe break & we will see you after the first of the year!
NF/SF Grades
Did you know? Attending class is the number one predictor of academic success. Similarly, maintaining full-time enrollment is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your F-1 or J-1 status.

As an international student, it is important to know that earning grades of NF (Never-Attended Fail) or SF (Stopped-Attending Fail) can result in loss of full-time status, as those grades do not bear credit. For example, if you are enrolled in 12 credit hours, but receive a NF or SF in one 3-credit hour course, your final credits earned at the end of the semester would be 9. Your SEVIS record will be terminated (F-1 status and I-20 or J-1 status and DS-2019) if you have dropped below full-time enrollment.

ISSS verifies credit completion for all students on F-1 and J-1 visas regularly. If you have obtained an NF or an SF in any class (check your Graduate Planning System or GPS in FlashLine), we advise you to discuss your situation with your professor or academic advisor and rectify the issue before the end of the semester.
ISSS Advising Hours for Fall 2018
Appointments can be made in KSU Advising through our  website.

Appointment slots are available every day of the week except Thursday.

Walk-In Advising 
Wednesday
9:00 am to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45

Call-In Advising 
Monday  
9:00 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm 
Wednesday
9:00 am to 11:30 am 
Thursday
No advising 
Friday  
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
 
Contact Us: 
Phone: 1-330-672-7980 
Email: isss@kent.edu 
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall 
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001 
106 Van Campen Hall
International Student News
December 12, 2018  |  Week 16
International Student Showcase: Meet Govinda Baweja

Govinda Baweja is an international student from New Delhi, India. He is studying Computer Science and will be graduating from his program on Saturday! He arrived to Kent State during the Spring 2015 semester and was surprised by all of the snow that NE Ohio experiences. Despite the cold, he has come to love the weather here. Ohio having all four seasons is one reason why he plans on staying in the area after his graduation. He says, "I've traveled quite a lot, mostly because of the company I am working with right now, but Ohio has been especially great, and I'd love to stay here for a while."

Govinda first studied to be a pilot in Miami, Florida a few years ago. He enjoyed the program and finished as one of the best pilots in his class. When he returned to New Delhi, he found a job in a startup airline company and worked there for a while. However, overall, he wasn't satisfied, and when the company started to weaken, he took the opportunity to return to school. He decided to come to Kent State because of our computer science program. Govinda wanted to be able to use his knowledge as a pilot and integrate that with his studies in computer science, so he focused on drones and programming.

During his time here at Kent State, he has had the opportunity to work in three different internships. He currently works on programming drones, which is his passion. Additionally, he has had the opportunity to travel to New Mexico, California, Washington D.C., and many more places through this internship. His work schedule and classes this semester take up a lot of his time, but when he does have free time, he loves to play guitar and helps out other international students.

His home country, India, is a very multicultural diverse country and has many aspects that are different from the American culture. Some cultural differences that he had to overcome when he first came to the U.S. were the aspect of time and the American dialect. He says, "In India, if you are supposed to meet someone at 7:00 for dinner, don't expect them to arrive until 9:00. This is a normal thing in my culture; we are very relaxed about schedules and time because if I am not late, I know the person who I'm meeting will be late." When he came to the U.S., the directness of being on time was something that he had to get used to. He says, "Even when I arrived on time to things, I was considered late. This is because, here if you are early, then you are considered on time." In India, the dialect of English is a lot different from the American one, so he had to learn how to communicate effectively once he arrived. He says, "I would say something in perfect English and people wouldn't understand me because it's not how it's said here. It was frustrating."

Govinda already has a job lined up for after graduation and plans on staying in the United States for some time. Five years from now, he hopes to own his own business that works with drones. One aspect of his company will be in collaborating with firefighters and helping them use drones in emergencies. He says, "Drones can do so many things. I hope that I can create a technology that helps firefighters assess a fire. A drone can be sent into a fire and find out where the firefighters need to go. I think it will be able to save a lot more lives." Govinda is very passionate about his work and also about helping people. Making a difference in the community is something that he strives for.

Telling Stories with Pictures
Often, we think communication is just through words. But communication is also very visual. If you are interested appearing in a Kent State University ad or video campaign please email, Don Vana at dvana@kent.edu, to schedule a time to stop by the Office of Global Education for a quick reference picture for both current and future campaign consideration.
 
It's a powerful way to support one another and who knows you might become famous in the process!

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