Embassy preps Jamaican students on Study in the U.S.

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A member of the panelist addressing participants during pre-departure orientation session.

As hundreds of Jamaicans prepare for studies at various American colleges/universities, the U.S. Embassy through its Education USA office hosted a pre-departure orientation session on July 15th to equip students for this transition. The seminar provided useful tips on how to adjust to a new environment and briefed participants on a raft of other topics including academic norms, cultural differences, weather and climate conditions, housing, travel requirements and matters to keep in mind upon returning to Jamaica.

The session was chaired by Wayne Thorpe a U.S. Fulbright Alum who shared his personal experiences while pursuing Post Graduate studies in the United States.  Good guidance was also provided by other members of the panel which included Tori Tulloch of Mt. Holyoke University, Xavier Boland, of Lindenwood University, Tamara Wong of Caldwell University and Denique Ferguson, Fulbright Alum and former post graduate student at Indiana University Bloomington.

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Students, parents listen keenly to members of the panelist during pre-departure orientation session on July 15, 2015

The session comforted worrisome fears held by many parents who were also in attendance and addressed several questions held by eager students, some of whom were traveling to the United States for the very first time.

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