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Home City and Country: Istanbul, Turkey
Major: Business Information Systems
Best things about Butte College: I appreciate the amount of diversity on campus that is around me. Coming from a very large and metropolitan city, it's important to me to be surrounded by people from other cultures and backgrounds.
Best things about Chico: The city is so friendly.
Best things about professors: They are very professional and willing to help students with anything.
Transferring to: Chico State
Advice to students thinking of studying abroad: Just do it! You will see the difference that only studying abroad can make in you.
Home City and Country: Okinawa, Japan
Best things about Butte College: Tutoring is very helpful on campus; labs and library services are accessible. The natural surroundings of the campus are quiet and beautiful and make it easy to concentrate on studying. The LRC is a great place to study and has beautiful views of the valley. The College bus system is dependable and easy to get to.
Professors: My professors are very encouraging, especially my speech professor, David Payne. His class is interesting and makes me think about many topics. He is patient with my language barrier and always helps me to feel comfortable.
Best things about Chico: It is easy to do many things in Chico. You can shop or go to Bidwell Park to relax. I like using the CSU, Chico library to study at night. Chico Safe Rides are free and make me feel safe when I want to go home late at night from downtown. My friend and I love shopping at Attic Treasures in downtown to find cool vintage clothing, old furniture and accessories.
Transfer: I will be transferring to Yavapai College in Arizona to pursue my Nursing license.
Climate: I like the climate in Chico; it feels very similar to Okinawa cool winters and hot summers.
Comments: My biggest surprise was how friendly the people in Chico are. It has been so easy to make friends with others.
Advice: To those that are considering studying abroad, I would say, "Do it." There are unique experiences that you can only have by studying in another country. My experiences have been exciting and challenging and I know they have developed my character and inner strength.
Home City and Country: Caracas, Venezuela
Best things about Butte College: I like the language lab. The professors and staff are all very friendly. The Chico Center building is very comfortable and nice to study in. My professor is very good at getting everyone to participate.
Best things about Chico: The people in Chico are very friendly, there is very little traffic compared to my home and it feels very safe and clean. I think Chico is a good place to learn English because the people here are so friendly and patient with me. It is also nice that Chico has a University in town; it brings culture and many interesting people.
Comments: I tell my friends and family that Butte College and Chico feels similar to the countryside in Venezuela, the crime is low, it is quiet and safe.
Advice: To students considering studying abroad, I would tell them that it creates new opportunities to learn another culture that you couldn't have by staying home. You can improve your English much faster and gain new experiences you could not have by staying home. Studying abroad opens your mind to completely new experiences.
Home City and Country: Tokyo, Japan
Best Things about Butte College: Because Chico is a small city, the temptations and distractions of a large city like Tokyo are not there to distract me from my studies. The professors are so helpful with my language difference. I also love the choices of different sports classes like basketball and snowboarding.
Transfer: I am considering transferring to UCLA, University of Oregon or University of Washington.
Best thing about Chico: The peaceful atmosphere makes it easy to study and the people are so nice here.
Advice: If you want to improve your English skills, Northern California is a great place to learn, there are many nice people here to speak with and its easy to concentrate and learn here.
Home City and Country: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Best things about Butte College: The staff and faculty here go out of their way to help me. The atmosphere on campus is very quiet and peaceful. I love my drama class; it has exposed me to something completely new. In Sri Lanka, there are not plays on the same scale as here in Chico and participating in them has given me a completely new experience.
Best things about Chico: The people here are so friendly. I had heard that before I came from others in Sri Lanka that studied here, and its true, it is the biggest reason I chose to stay here. I like to hang out with my friends at night or the weekends and go to the movies or go bowling.
Transfer: I am now considering transferring to CSU, Chico.
Climate: Coming from a climate that changes very little from season to season, I love all of the fall colors and the changing colors of the seasons.
Advice: By studying abroad, you learn to live independently; I have learned to make more decisions on my own and have learned to manage my freedom of time. Working while going to school is also new for me and it has been a good experience to learn to manage my budget and I save more money now that I am the one who is earning it. Only by giving studying in another country a try can you gain experiences that will make you stand on your own two feet. Many people told me not to do it before I left; they told me it would be difficult. Sometimes, it is hard, but it's worth it everyday.
Home City and Country: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Favorite things about Butte College: The staff and faculty here seem very informal in their approachability. Although there is definitely respect for their positions, they make me feel like a friend and always help me out as best they can. I also like that it is a small college; this directly results in more attention from the faculty and staff as well. At Butte, the staff and faculty know your name; they know you as a person instead of just a number in the crowd. It's also very easy to make friends here in Chico; many people are young here and are willing to help you.
Favorite things about Chico: Coming here from a very large city, I was surprised I like the small city atmosphere. Even though there are less people around than in Brazil, I can still meet lots of people and I have made some of the best friends I have ever had. I have great friends from many different countries.
Transferring to: Undecided
Biggest Challenges: The biggest challenge for me is going to school and being involved in athletics at the same time. Since I am on the women's soccer team, we are often traveling and so I must be disciplined about the time I spend in athletics and study. Being involved on the soccer team has also allowed me to travel even more. I realized how easy it was to go to San Francisco and other Bay Area cities for the weekend.
Advice to students considering studying abroad: I would say to any student considering studying abroad that it is worth it. My advice would be to come with an open mind; you must be open to new ideas and experiences. You have to be able to leave part of yourself and your culture behind but that doesn't mean losing it. I have the opportunity to share mine everyday, but if I were not open minded, I would not be able to learn about other cultures. I live near students from all over the world and I love that. If you want to come here and only eat food from your home country and only want to speak in your native language, you might as well stay home because you will not experience what studying abroad has to offer.