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Rachael Fink

Rachael Fink

Rachael volunteering at City Dogs Rescue.

AU DEGREE: Cross-Cultural Communication Graduate Certificate
CONCENTRATION: Intercultural Communication

Are you an international student with questions about the SIS student experience? E-mail Rachael at rfink04@gmail.com to learn more!

 


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GNP PROGRAM AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MENTOR?

Mainly to develop a relationship with a foreign student; to gain a deeper understanding of their culture and global perspective. Naturally, I love to meet new people with diverse ideas and varied backgrounds. Looking for international employment requires strong intercultural communication skills and the ability to see diverse ideas and views. I think this one-on-one mentorship will present a few opportunities to strengthen these skills and introduce a friend I have may not have met to do fun, social things around DC!
 

WHAT IS A FAVORITE EVENT OR ACTIVITY YOU HAVE PARTICIPATED IN AT SIS OR IN WASHINGTON, DC?

Volunteering with City Dogs Rescue has been an unexpected joy of mine in D.C. Located off campus, the non-profit animal rescue has introduced me to a group of passionate and action-oriented volunteers from the community. I enjoy collaborating actively with CDR volunteers on fundraising, marketing, and event planning. It's been a great way to follow my passion for animals and to continue to serve my community. 

 

HOW DO YOUR CROSS-CULTURAL SKILLS ALLOW YOU TO BEST ASSIST AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT?

One cross-cultural experience that will allow me to assist an international student was being an international student myself and feeling extreme culture shock! overcoming homesickness and (food-poisoning) and physical sickness required I develop intercultural tools to be able to combat overwhelming changes and differences in my environment. Wasn't easy to resist the urge to recluse or return home, but the growing experience is something I'll always remember.