University of Iowa freshman Yaqiong Wang came from China to Iowa City with competing feelings of nervousness and excitement. Now thousands of miles from home, she signed up for new UI program in hopes of finding her place on campus.
“I was a bit nervous,” she said. “We have many things different, different culture. If I signed up for this program I can make friends with American[s], which will help me to understand their culture and also practice my English.”
The UI’s first Friends and Neighbors Day program paired more than 200 international and U.S. students over the summer as pen pals. The partners were introduced to each other at an event Sunday.