To educate ourselves, our college and community about
a world that is making new connections and discoveries all the time;
whose old alliances and sympathies are giving way to the news; a world
whose rapidly changing economies and culture demand a fresh understanding.
Who We Are:
We come from all majors and backgrounds. Some of us
are International students while some are Americans. Some of us are "third
culture" students who have roots in one culture but grew up in another.
What we all have in common is the interest in the global world beyond
Holland, Michigan. We combine our interested and experiences in politics,
cultures, economics, the arts and the society to learn new things, meet
new people and share what we have learnt with others.
Name: Habeeb G. Awad
Country: Palestine / USA
Something About Him: I enjoy interacting with
international students. They are at such an exciting time of life
where they are doing a lot of personal growth, clarifying of values
and beliefs, and deciding what to do with their newfound freedom.
I find it interesting, challenging, and motivating to engage in
dialogue with international students and to foster relationships
with them challenging them to grow as people.
Thoughts About IRC: IRC fosters a bridge of
understanding between cultures and people. It provides cultural
light for our Hope
community and challenge to become global citizens. It provides unique
diversity of issues that enlightens our thoughts and perspectives
of other nations. My challenge to our students is this: Strive
Don't be on the defensive! Do be open to new ideas which enlarge
understanding of our world.
Name: Ayanfe Olonade
Major(s): Communications and Economics
Something About Her: I love
meeting people, travelling and hope to work internationally someday.
I really believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well.
Thoughts about IRC:
It's a great club here on Hope campus. It's a great way to know
about different cultures and experiences from around the world.
Name: Andrew Lee
Country: USA / South Korea
Something about Him: Loves soccer and wants
to become an Economist.
Thoughts about IRC: Lets have an awesome year!
Name: Sunkyo Hong
Country: South Korea
Something about Him: I am a him, not a her.
Joking aside, I am Korean.
Thoughts about IRC: It's my favorite club so
far that I know of. Ayanfe is the supreme commander of it. I like
how IRC gets you together with fellow international students who you may or
may not see that often.
Name: Paul Babumba
Major(s): Psychology and Pre Pharmacy
Something about Him: Enjoy playing soccer and golf.
Thoughts about IRC: Great place to meet people
from different countries and walks of life.
Name: George Khoury
Major(s): Computer Science and French minor.
Something about Him: Like playing soccer, messing
with computers and having fun with friends.
Thoughts about IRC: Great organization that
can be more active.
Name: Anna Park
Country: South Korea/Ethiopia
Majors: Language arts Composite for Elementary
Something about Her: I love to travel eat exotic
foods and hear different languages
Thoughts about IRC: IRC is a great way to connect with International
Students at Hope!
Ohhh my goodness.
Name: Thao Le
Major(s): Accounting and Math
Something about Her: I love to travel and meet
Thoughts about IRC: It is a great place to meet
new people, have fun and know more about the cultures Hope students
bring from other countries around the world.