Join the large international community at Green River College – Gabriella Sharon Gozali
“I remember the first day of class - I was 20 minutes early because I took the bus. I was the first one in the class and I was worried that people would think that I am a teacher’s pet.”
Green River College (GRC) is a public college located in Auburn, in the state of Washington in the United States. Founded in 1965, the school prepares students for a transfer to a four year college or university. According to Bjorn Myhre, Director of International Recruitment at Green River College says, "GRC [also] has a successful High School Completion Plus program where students age 16 or older can come and earn a HS diploma at the same time they earn college credits. It is a dual degree program that helps students save time and money."
Green River has over 1700 international students, ranking it among the top 10 community colleges in the US for overseas enrolment. Myhre says, "Families regularly send multiple students in their family to Green River College because of the supportive campus environment, nice International Program staff, and successful university transfer program."
He adds, "GRC is all about student success and helping them achieve their educational goals. International students annually transfer to top-ranked universities like UCLA, University of Washington, University of Michigan, Indiana University and many more."
Heather Worthing, Senior Educational Advisor at SchoolApply says: "The beauty of Green River College is that regardless of major or GPA, a student can complete an associates degree at a price that allows them to later transfer and graduate from their dream school. This option allows the student two important factors: freedom to keep their options open while completing their prerequisite classes, and an opportunity to raise their GPA to ensure direct entry into competitive universities. I would recommend this option for anyone who wants to strategically map out their university career."
SchoolApply interviewed a Green River student, Gabriella Sharon Gozali from Indonesia, to find out her thoughts on the institution and what she has loved the most.
GREEN RIVER COLLEGE
Location: Auburn, Washington (USA)
Student Name: Gabriella Sharon Gozali
From: Jakarta, Indonesia
Expected Graduation: 2018
Favourite class: My favourite class so far would have to be my English class. It is hard and the professor is very particular about what she wants, but the class taught me that in order to achieve something, I have to really work hard for it.
Favourite Event: My favourite school event would have to be Orientation Week. During this time, I made friends with people from all across, I got free food, and I had the opportunity to go camping! Orientation Week may not be listed as an official event, but for me, it was a very big and life-changing event!
Five words that best describe Green River College: Friendly, Fun. Safe. Wonderful, Calming.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your school experiences before joining Green River College.
Green River is big and I would have to constantly look at the campus map so I would not get lost!
I am from Jakarta, Indonesia and I lived and studied in Indonesia for my whole life before I came to the US. I attended a catholic school from preschool onwards and then I studied in an all-girls high school. My school experience was filled with uniforms and studying and it was very big on discipline and punctuality – two qualities that have shaped me to be a good student now.
How did you hear about Green River College and what made you decide to study in the United States?
I have always wanted to study abroad, especially in the US. I worked with an agency to decide which college I wanted to go to, and they recommended Green River College. My family and I visited the college a year prior to my enrolment. The welcome that we received from the Marketing team and all the staff was incredible. The environment was student-friendly, refreshing, and calming. Once I had visited the campus, I knew that I had to come to Green River for my higher education.
What are you studying at Green River College?
I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business, which is why I will be transferring to a four-year institution after I graduate from Green River College. I have always looked up to my parents and I wish to follow in their footsteps. They have always encouraged me to be creative and make my own destiny. After observing their jobs and experiences, I have decided that I wanted to learn more about what they did, which is business.
What were your first few days like at Green River College?
I was a bit confused my first few days at the college. Green River is big and I would have to constantly look at the campus map so I would not get lost! The first time I met my host parent and saw my homestay, I felt nervous. I could not imagine living with a stranger. But now, I feel like this is my home and I am very comfortable.
I remember the first day of class - I was 20 minutes early because I took the bus. I was the first one in the class and I was worried that people would think that I am a teacher’s pet. As it turns out, everyone in the class was very friendly, I made friends with the people that sat around me, and we are all still friends until now.
Did you have any problems adjusting to life in a new city and college?
The biggest problem I had when I first came to Green River College was homesickness. After my parents dropped me to school, I missed them very much. Fortunately, I live in a homestay and my host was very caring. She gave me the support that I needed and was not only a second parent, but also as a friend. The faculty and staff at Green River were also always wonderful. They were there if I needed someone to talk to about my problems and they made sure that I didn’t feel alone. The friends that I have made also helped me to overcome my homesickness. They always make sure I am having fun and enjoying my experience at Green River College.
What was your experience like as an international student, both academically and socially?
My experience as an international student in Green River College has been wonderful. The professors are very helpful and I made a lot of friends by joining various clubs and student activities. Green River has numerous facilities, such as a gym, student union, and library.
Green River also assigns an advisor to each student based on their selected majors, so they can help plan academic agendas. There is also a program called Foundation for Success that helps international students learn what it’s like to live in the US.
Green River College is not far from the airport, and it is also close to a shopping mall and great restaurants. My friends and I like to eat at the teriyaki restaurant nearby or go shopping in the outlet store in Auburn. On some weekends, we take the train or bus to Seattle and explore the area.
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Did you take part in any extracurricular activities at Green River?
Green River has a lot of activities for students to join. I am currently an officer of three clubs which are; Phi Theta Kappa, an international honour society; Synergy Business Club, a club about business as a major; and Smile club, a club that is designed for students who would like to do volunteer work. I am also a member of the Indonesian Student Organization.
Did you have a job while studying? If yes, please elaborate on this experience.
Yes, I have a part-time job as a Student Marketing Assistant in Green River College. My boss, Bjorn Myhre, and co-workers were very helpful and patient while training me. They ensured that I learned my job, but they gave me the time to learn at my own pace. The main goal of my job is to recruit more students, especially from my home country of Indonesia.
What would you say to international students who are considering studying at Green River College?
I would tell international students to definitely enrol! Green River College is a very diverse college and the international programs staff are always there to help students. In my opinion, Green River College is a great place to study and gain new experiences.
I would also like to share a little wisdom that I have learned from my time here at Green River College. Remember, you do not have to decide right now where you want to go, and what you want to be - with time, you will figure it all out eventually!
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