February 24, 2011
Diego R. Velasco '14
In January a group of International Students from the International Club at Hampden-Sydney College traveled to James Madison University to attend the JMU International Student Career Day. On their way to Harrisonburg, some of the students took advantage of the travel time to catch up on sleep lost during a very busy school week. After three long hours on the road, the H-SC students were ready to meet the dozens of other International Students who sought to acquire a better understanding of the possibilities, upon graduation from college, for them in the U.S. job market.
At the Career Day the students were able to attend workshops held especially for international students such as "The Job Search Deal" led by career and academic advisers at JMU as well as "The Work Visa" led by an immigration attorney. These, and other presentations, were helpful in a number of ways. International students acquired vital information and tips on how to go about finding jobs and an understanding of the processes required if they intend to do temporary work in the United States. These workshops were not only beneficial to the students who are already in their senior year of college, but also to the students who are just beginning their college careers.
Students also had an opportunity to learn about what they should include in their resumes when they apply for summer jobs or internships. Those who brought a resume of their own were able to have them critiqued by professionals. One of our own Hampden-Sydney students, Mohit Shrestha, was considered to have one of the top three best resumes submitted by the international students. He was recognized with a prize.
On the way back to Hampden-Sydney, the students stopped at Taste of Thai, a restaurant which specializes in Thai food. The International Club bought the appetizers including papaya salad, crab cakes, and satay chicken. The students then ordered their own dinners. These included mountains of fried rice, delightful pieces of spicy squid with bamboo, varieties of curry, and other plates with undeniable good taste.
At the end of the day, attending the JMU International Student Career Day and dining at the Taste of Thai proved to be worth traveling six hours.