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Meet LSU Global’s Newest Tigers!

LSU Global students and staff enjoy a Friday afternoon together in the program's office.

Starting college can be an exciting, but also intimidating, experience for any new student – let alone those adjusting to a new country. But several of this summer’s new LSU Global students have stopped by the program’s office during their first days of class with smiles and reports of smooth, positive starts to the semester.

“We thought it was going to be harder, but it was easy,” said Amjad Alamri, an electrical engineering major from Saudi Arabia.

Marwan Adawi chimed in: “Thanks to you guys!”

The Saudi native, planning to study mechanical engineering, said he felt “prepared and comfortable” because of the orientation provided the week prior to classes.

Learning Campus

We welcomed eight new students from four countries to the university so far this summer and helped introduce them to not only the university, but some of Louisiana’s distinct culture.

Among the resources provided, Student Services Director Brian Webb and Student Service Advisors Omar El-Ghetrify, Brittany Swanger and Andrew Yang helped the students settle into their dorm rooms and set up Tiger Cards, meal plans, on-campus mailboxes, local bank accounts and U.S. cell phones to help ensure their comfort and success.

Feeling at Home

But Adawi said his favorite activity was a Friday visit to local concert venue The Varsity, on the edge of campus, to watch the famous Rebirth Brass Band perform.

“I’ve never heard that – nothing like that,” he said. “I, for sure, would be interested (in hearing more).”

The students also played basketball and other games together – and with advisors – on multiple occasions throughout the week, enjoyed a shopping trip across town to the Mall of Louisiana and even recorded a dance video as part of the social media trend of the “Running Man Challenge.”

Follow the Fun and the Learning on Instagram!

Check out LSU Global on Instagram to keep up with more photo and video updates on and from the students, including messages like the one below from program alumna Esther Natasha “Tasha” Wairimu.

The Kenya native and interior design major had at least one definite idea for new students to enjoy their summers between classes and homework.



Ami Chang

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