This semester, Penn State has had an unprecedented number of snow day cancellations and early dismissals. Much to the joy of students across campus, Penn State declared early dismissals on January 24th and 30th in addition to whole day cancellations on January 31st, February 12th and 20th. While most of the Penn State community enjoyed the days off, many faculty were concerned about getting behind in their syllabi since the snows days often affected Tuesday/Thursday classes. However, several IECP students and faculty agreed that walking conditions were often very slippery.
Despite the snow and ice, the IECP has remained busy with studies and social activities!
February 1st was bowling night, an IECP tradition! Students could bowl, enjoy some yummy pizza, or even play pool (billiards).
Currently, the upper level Academic Interactions classes are already in their third week of conversation partner meetings with students in APLNG 484. Students in Ai140 meet once a week with an American student to exchange cultural insight and gain understanding of things like language and academics. While students are only required to meet for one hour a week, many report that they end up taking two hours because they have so much to talk about!
On Sunday, February 24, the Penn State Kuwaiti Student Association hosted a beautiful evening of culture, history, and food at the Kuwaiti National Day celebration. Many IECP students (and their families!) were featured in several impressive video presentations and stage performances. Attendees enjoyed informative booths, treats and coffee, and even a magic show before dinner.
Most IECP students are likely relieved that midterms are over and look forward to the Spring break. Several IECP students report that they will be traveling over break to cities such as: New York, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Miami, and Los Angeles.
The IECP looks forward to everyone’s return at our new downtown location: 112 W Foster Avenue, 4th floor!