Ethan Sahker

UI student Wen Ying Lee and her family
A thirst for international education may be learned from one’s parents. University of Iowa student Wen Ying Lee from Singapore described her parents who supported her decision of studying literature in a UNESCO City of Literature, as “the two people who inspire me the most.” She wrote that her parents have studied in four countries, strongly believing that one learns the most when one is far from home.

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International student parents Mohammad Shamsul Alam and Shamsun Naher Nilu are further proof that we can work hard and make our children’s lives better than our own. Asif Mahmood Alam is an international graduate student at the University of Iowa working on his MBA. His parents believe the American dream is obtainable, and can be reached through sacrifice, hard work and support. 

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Soon Dohkgoh (mother) Jeongsik Ko (father)
It isn’t being taught how to study that’s important, it’s being directed to understand why. This is a virtue that goes undiscovered by many, but it’s apparent in University of Iowa international student Hyun Jin Ko of South Korea. Ko describes the many virtues of her parents and they are quite impressive. Ko’s father, Jeongsik Ko, is a professor at Pai Chai University in South Korea and a former visiting research scientist at the University of Iowa. Her mother, Soon Dohkgoh, is a senior research engineer for the Korean Institute of Defense Analysis (KIDA).

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Amin Bagheri and his parents, Jamshid Bagheri and Afsaneh Ghavamnasiri
Amin Bagheri is a current UI student majoring in history and philosophy. Amin’s parents are also alumni of Iowa. Jamshid Bagheri (father) received his MA in aesthetic dentistry and Afsaneh Ghavamnasiri (mother) studied linguistics. Mr. Bagheri was awarded best dentist in Mashhad, Iran and Mrs. Ghavamnasiri takes time to care for at least one orphan in her hometown.

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Fatehiya Mohammed and Azeez Al-Jumaili
Fatehiya Mohammed and Azeez Al-Jumaili are the parents of Ali-Azeez Ali Al Jumaili, a student from Iraq currently pursuing his doctorate in pharmaceutical socioeconomics.

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Students relaxing and talking on phone
A collaborative effort by International Programs, Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Office of the Registrar moved to develop a name pronunciation tool where students can record their name and select their preferred gender pronouns.  Now faculty and staff will know how to pronounce a student’s name in class and what gender pronouns are preferred. 

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Food is life. Food is culture. Food is home. It’s not until we’re away from home that we realize how important food is to our well-being. But not just any food. The food we know. Being in a foreign country brings a great deal of excitement when it comes to trying new foods and discovering the culture behind them. But it’s not long until we may start to miss the foods we know and love. Food has the power to cure us, and longing for your favorite treats can actually make some homesick.

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