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Top 5 pictures of LVC

Top 5 pictures of LVC

These are the photos I took during my first 3 month at LVC.

LVC has an absolutely gorgeous campus. I am blessed to have chance to study here.

Here are the Top 5 pictures.

Path to the Sports Center.

UG Party

Fall.

0430 in the afternoon.

0430 in the morning.

 

Student Worker Projects

Student Worker Projects

At LVC as a student worker, I was assigned to Raspberry Pi project earlier in the year. The plan is to get a Raspberry Pi video recording car moving. Putting the car together is easy. However, the programming part is somewhat confusing. I had to spend a lot of time on SSH commands and configurations.

Another the projects I’ve been working on is a 3d printing project. The goal of the project is to 3D print the entire school. Since no one has done it before, it is going to be quite challenging.

I have been given access to the Faculty Technology room that has an HP sprout system. It is the perfect system for designing and 3d printing projects. With that system, I can accomplish a lot of things that I usually can’t.

I am currently working with the school’s IT department as network support assistant. My job is to set up the internet (Ethernet port. Configuration, testing) for the new admissions building, and troubleshooting. I get to learn things such as tracking down people who violate the LVC internet policy and switch configuration. Also, I get to set up the server and install Windows system on a server.

Presenting at Global coffee hours

was a great experience. I get to do a presentation on my country and to answer various question about Chinese culture.
LVC provides us with a lot of opportunities to express ourselves. With the support of the faculties, I get to experience new things and develop new skills

The campus

The campus

I am Mai Phan, from Hanoi, Vietnam. I am majoring in Global Studies and Politics, and currently a sophomore at Lebanon Valley College.

I just facetimed with my parents in Vietnam today. Normally when they call me, I’m always in my room but today I was in the library studying for the upcoming quiz. After showing them around the bookcases and study room, I did not forget about the view from the library window of the main campus. I know that I should not miss the chance to introduce them with the romantically beautiful and peaceful campus!

This is my second year in LVC but I never forget how amazed and excited I was when I first arrived on LVC campus. I instantly fell in love with the immense green grass, elegant color of flowers, every single tree, and especially Humanities building. It was the summertime when I first been here. Although summer here is not as hot as the summer in Vietnam, but the weather is perfect; it is warm and the sky is blue and clear. When students don’t have class, they are always hanging around, playing sports, and reading books. Compared to student life in Vietnam, this impresses me a lots because we spend most of out time staying indoor.

Then fall comes soon after several mid-term exams. Not sure why I always have the feeling that all the leaves suddenly turn to pumpkin orange after a night, maybe I focus too much on the exams that I ignore the change of nature. Even in Vietnam or in LVC, fall is the love season. It is the time of year when people fall in love with the nature, the weather, and with each other. In addition, people also celebrate Halloween during this time. Halloween decoration is everywhere around the campus. It is fun to laugh at myself when I freak out after seeing a witch puppet in a student apartment’s door.

Right now, just a few days after Halloween 2017, the weather is getting  colder. It is more challenging than ever to be on time for 8AM class. However, if I can make it, I really enjoy the feeling wake up early and walking to Mund for breakfast. It is the time when there is nobody in the campus to distract me. I just love the feeling the cold touching my cheeks, and walking on carpets made by leaves. Moreover, I remembered last year after winter break how magnificent is  the campus covering with snow. I can’t remember how many pictures I took with the pure whiteness of snow. The whole campus is like an elegant lady changing her orange costume to a charming white coat.

Last but not least, after winter is spring, probably the most rainy time in LVC. However, the blooming flowers all around campus extremely impressed me last year. All kinds of flowers including Japanese cherry and almond blossoms are racing to bloom after the cold winter. The whole campus changes its look 180 degrees from a lady to a lively girl. Also it is the time that I have to say goodbye to all of my friends to come back home for summer. Personally, spring to me is really beautiful but sad time of year. It is the time for me to wander around and sum up what I have done after a year in LVC.

When I come back to Vietnam, I think I will remember LVC as a palette with different colors. LVC has different looks every time in a year, but it is always home in America.

Mai Phan

“First Year Experience”

“First Year Experience”

I am currently a freshman at LVC. Since I’m an international student, it is a little difficult for me to understand all the application process, such as when to submit my medical history, and how to select medical care program.

I have received more than 20 very detailed emails during the summer, on how to prepare for the incoming freshman year and pre-departure instructions. From the introduction of the school to series of time management support.

LVC provides pick-up service for all international students.
Once we arrived, international affairs department provided us with temporary beddings, so we don’t have to worry about the night of departure.
We can purchase all the essentials we need from Walmart 2 days after the departure.
Culture shock presentation was effective. I lived in the US for four years, no one ever mentioned culture shock to me. As a result, I had to figure everything out myself. Personally, I believe that to be able to understand Culture Shock is one of the most important things for international students so that they can prevent depression or series of psychological issues.

LVC has provided me with a lot of support. From the beginning of this academic year, I was assigned a few peer mentors and faculty mentors. One of the faculty mentors was the Chief Information Officer of the school; he helped me get a job at the IT department as Network support assistant.

I am currently taking five classes, German 101, Crossing Borders, Microeconomics, Financial Statement Analysis, and a First-Year Experience class aka FYE. College can be challenging, especially the first few weeks of classes. Many students need some time to adapt to the new environment.
I struggled for few weeks. Luckily, I was able to get help from free peer tutors provided by the school.

Time is Flying!!

Time is Flying!!

It is surprising that we are in November already? It  just don’t cease  to appear like yesterday when I first stepped into the United States and this amazing campus, which is  fast turning to be my best second  home, and I am afraid with time it’s gonna be my favorite place! It is almost three months down the line since I have set for my college  career and so many experiences, events and things to tell are unfolding before my eyes, but I barely have time and space to tell it all!

Since my last blog post, academic pressure has been building up and I am  so absorbed into my books, keeping up with my Midterms, assignments, worksheets, quizzes,  discussions, and a lot more going on in my classes. Midterm grades were released some two weeks ago, it was kinda of a relief to see them and hear the faculty’s comments as I am trying to strike a balance with this great departure from familiar experiences. I am proud to note that it is working out. For my classes,  Analysis (MAS 111) is one of those class I owe much of my time and it challenges as such I am giving  much of my attention. This is the class that is  instructed by Professor Smith , and besides it being challenging,  after spending a couple of weeks in this class I realized Prof Smith had aroused in me an interest I had never harbored before, he has tapped in me  an interest to see and value using my mind effectively to interact with technical material like Mathematics. I did Math in High school and got best grades but I think it was on a more casual basis than it is now, it interests me to build enough logic and reason through stuff.  The American Dream, my First Year Experience(F Y E -06-01) class, has allowed me to explore issues surrounding family, education and technology in the American society,  and the articles and discussions we do are very engaging and exploratory. I can go on and on updating about my classes but time means everything here! But I have a Data class(CDS121), Financial Accounting(ACT151) and Introduction to Mathematical Thinking (MAS113), all I can say is I enjoy them all, and I find  so much value in them, I am allowing them to enrich my intellect. It is a pleasure to work with a very resourceful and supportive Faculty like ours here who have genuine interest for students to succeed. After all I still need to keep an eye on my social life and try to unplug myself from my academics for moments and experience diversity and places in the US.

The recent excursion from campus to Washington DC was incredible, I had awaited for it since the day I signed for it in the Redbook. The city is pretty! I really wanted to see the White House, thank goodness I did!! We visited a couple of Memorials and the Franklin D Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr are my favorite. I went to NorthWales near Philadelphia during the Fall break, it was awesome meeting a Zimbabwean family and eating sadza in two months had been exciting. I also went to Philadelphia Zoo, and I now have a long list  of animals I know as I added to the list  from Zimbabwe. Bob (my mentor) and his wife ,Deb, also invited me for dinner the Monday of Fall Break and cooking sadza with them was exciting. Not forgetting Halloween, it was so hilarious, I was in a Pirate costume, that won me the best costume prize. There are more experiences to talk about but space and time will always be our constraints!

JonnaLynn’s  visit to campus ,on September 27th, was a very humbling and thrilling experience for me.I owe her all due respect, her starting Almond Tree Scholarship Program is just beyond my comprehension, the impact is tremendous and I cannot capture in words my gratitude for this. I am eternally grateful, it has changed my life in a way I never imagined while growing up deep in the countryside of Zimbabwe. The Almond Tree Scholarship I hope will go forever. It was so humbling when she told me that all she can ever ask from me is that I do my best in my education and at least create opportunity for others in the future so that they can also achieve their own dreams.

I also wanted to say I am becoming familiar with my surroundings, I am now at least able to name a place in every direction from my campus. I am also coming face to face with new and sometimes strange perceptions ,values , beliefs, opinions and even phrases for example recently this phrase made my week “pain in the butt” . Lastly food remains the biggest challenge for me  as I am still very hesitant and avoiding many American  foods. But it suffices to say the journey started is very much promising!

 

 

Leadership at LVC

Leadership at LVC

I am involved in many different clubs here at LVC. My favorite ones are Soccer and Global Education Clubs. I am one of the founding members of Global Education Club. We started the Club in 2014 and currently, I am the president. In Global Education Club, besides socializing, we also learn about different cultures and religions from one another. It is easier to do so because of having a diverse membership, where many of us are from different cultural or religious background and many have done a study abroad. The main purpose of the club is to produce information for the LVC community about international experience and culture through innovative events. These events include cultural representations through food, music, art, personal experience, etc. These will help the individual to enhance the knowledge around LVC about culture and life outside of the American experience. Being in this club helps me to grow in understanding the viewpoint of other from their perspective, not only through talking but also through active engagement.

My favorite sport is soccer, I just simply love playing soccer. Playing soccer helps me to maintain my fitness. I made a lot of friends and everyone is friendly, which makes LVC feel like home. We celebrate this year Diwali Festival here at LVC. Though it was not a grand celebration, the food was very delicious and I also gave a presentation. I briefly talk about what is Diwali, why Hindu celebrate it, and what it meant to us. Overall, it was a great event. Involvement in Clubs and different events helps me to build and improve my leadership skills.

LVC surprises me everyday!

LVC surprises me everyday!

I am Mai Phan, international student from Vietnam. I am currently sophomore at Lebanon Valley College, and double majoring in Global Studies and Politics.

I only knew about the Redbook trips when I arrived at LVC. To me, those Redbook trips are the most interesting thing to me. Normally, every weekend LVC offers students a chance to go off campus to do various activities including: shopping, travelling, bowling, and etc.

College life is never easy for anyone. Students struggle the whole week with homework assignment, essays, projects, and group works. That is, getting on the school bus, going out off the campus every weekend is the opportunity for us to refresh our mind for the new academic week. More importantly, as an international student, I always wait for Redbook trips due to several reasons. First, most the trips are free. Second, I don’t have transportation to go anywhere  by myself. Third, if I have the opportunity to go out, I would have no clue where to go. Therefore, the reasons that I always wait for the weekend is the Redbook trips.

Last year, I experienced many activities that I had never done when I was home, like kayaking, going on a hay ride, paint ball, and many more. Just get on the bus and go. LVC knows where the interesting places are!

This year, I went to Baltimore, the best city in America with friends. It was an amazing day. The weather was great: sunny and warm. We went to the Baltimore Aquarium to see such a variety of fish. Luckily, there was a festival that day. I remembered that we danced in the street with music, painted on the road, and enjoyed really good food on  the street. That was a memorable experience for me.

In brief, student life at LVC is not all about books, research or exams; we learn not only from classes but also from experiences.

Mai Phan

 

Lab Experiences at LVC

Lab Experiences at LVC

I really enjoy working in both chemistry and biology labs. Among all the labs, there are two labs that I liked the most. The first one is my independent study that I am doing in organic chemistry field and another one is mammalian anatomy lab. In the independent study, I am currently working on finding a way to maximize the synthesis of Lactone that is found in Greek Tobacco. Besides learning the cool facts and new information everyday from literature and research, I have learned and have been learning to use different instruments. Now, I know techniques such as running NMR both proton and carbon, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), regular Column chromatography, Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LCMS) and so on. I feel that coming to LVC and taking these labs, has given me an opportunity to have a hands-on experience on those different instruments, which many students from other colleges lack.

Dissecting a cat in mammalian anatomy laboratory class is another thing that I have enjoyed the most. Currently, in the lab, we have had to memorize all the names, insertion, origin, and actions of the muscles and need to relate them to human muscles. This was hard, but I enjoyed it because I am curious in learning new things and I like challenges. I only had a little bit of theoretical knowledge about anatomy and physiology. When I imagine and drew structure and locations of the organs, it was based on the picture that I have learned in the book. It was just so cool to learn that overall anatomy looks different in reality than it does in the book. This gives me an insight that we need to have as much practical knowledge as theoretical in order to be well educated in a specific field, especially in the medical field. Both labs have helped prepare me on pursuing my academic goals. My plan is to go to medical school or to go to a graduate school focusing on chemistry.

Global Studies and then Politics

Global Studies and then Politics

I am Mai Phan, from Vietnam. I am currently sophomore and double majoring in Global Studies and Politics in Lebanon Valley College. Before I enrolled at LVC, I only intended to focus on Global Studies because I am strongly interested in studying  international relations, especially, world politics, how one country interacts with others. However, after the first semester in LVC, I decided to add another major which is Politics. There are several reasons leading to my decision.

First, I had recognized that studying abroad is a very precious chance for me to fully immerse with new experiences as well as challenges. I will take this opportunity to accumulate knowledge and experiences as much as I can. (If I have chance I would like study Japanese in the future.)

Second, I am strongly motivated by my professors. The way they deliver lectures in class strongly inspires me to study more about politics even though I was primarily interested in Global Studies. As I recently did my research on Marxism, I have become more and more fascinated about the theory. Even after I finished my literature review essay, I still look up more information about Marxism, and read it whenever I am free. To me, Global Studies and Politics are not only my college majors but also my life passion.

Third, academic life here does not mean reading books and books and books everyday. LVC offers me opportunities that I never had at home which is to engage in other activities off the campus. During my freshman year, I was a scribe for the Harrisburg Foreign Policy Association about the relationship between Israel and Palestine. Last month, I went to Washington DC with my Law professor to the Newseum to discuss about the survival of public discussion. In the meeting, I had a chance to meet with professors from other colleges, politicians, and well-known scholars.

That is, the academic environment in LVC me feel confident in the future.

 

WHY LVC?!

WHY LVC?!

I am Mai Phan, international student from Vietnam. I am currently a sophomore at Lebanon Valley College, and majoring in Global Studies and Politics. I had looked at more than 20 colleges and universities in the States before finally choosing LVC as my home in four years. So what makes LVC so special?

  1. The friendliness. Every time I had questions about the application process, school or anything, LVC staff never let me wait for too long and answer them almost instantly. Compared to other colleges, LVC makes me feel more welcome and homey!
  2. The generosity.  The school really appreciates international students by offering me and my international friends lots of financial opportunities to go here. These include various scholarships and on-campus jobs.
  3. Location. LVC locates in what I call ” the ideal educational town”. It takes me about 3 and a half hours to drive from Annville to New York City, about 2 and a half hours to Washington D.C., and about 2 hours to Philadelphia. Annville itself is a very old peaceful town in Central Pennsylvania. Students going here don’t get much distraction from the city life, shops, and criminal activities.
  4. Education. It is valuable; majors are diverse and flexible. LVC offers me lots of opportunities in my majors such as scribing for Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg, attending the Interactivity Foundation event in Newseum, Washington D.C. and meeting with other successful alumni.