Lavinia (Lixin) Xu traveled from China to the U.S. in the fall of 2012 to attend IMS in hopes of honing her English skills and preparing academically before attending a university in the U.S. Lavinia, along with other Chinese students, were our first students from China who come as early as their freshman year with the intent to graduate from IMS. This has been a very positive endeavor that hopefully will continue for many years. Lavinia was our first Chinese graduate last spring, 2014.
Now that Lavinia has almost completed her first year at Indiana University she was asked to reflect on her time in Iowa. “I am glad that I had chance to go to IMS before I attended Indiana University. During my high school years, I had a chance to stay with a local American family, Galen and Gloria Yoder who are very nice people. When I first arrived, they helped me improve my English and made me feel comfortable to stay in the U.S. Also, they taught me to care about others and cherish what other people did for me. At school, I took Bryan and Mary’s English classes which helped my speaking, writing and reading skills. As result, in the beginning of my freshman year at Indiana University, I did not need to take extra English classes which some other international students did.”
IMS is enjoying the cultural exchange and hope that it benefits the international students as much as it does our school.