Student Life

Testimonials

American and international students share their experiences with getting involved in activities on and off campus:

Ky Apodaca

Ky Apodaca
USA

Whistler Ski & Snowboard Trip: It was my first time to Canada and I love snowboarding so it was just an experience of a lifetime. The friends that I went with were a blast to be around and the whole trip was out of this world.

Campus Clean-Up: It was a lot of fun going around the campus and making it look better. With all the clean-up we did that day, it felt like I really made a difference. It was one of the most rewarding things I have done around campus.

Jessica Hendrawidjaja  - Indonesia

Jessica Hendrawidjaja
Indonesia

Students of Color Conference: When you hear the word “conference” you might think that it’s going to be a boring talk/speech…BUT, this conference is a REALLY great investment for our minds. It opens up a new perspective. Moreover, it is SO MUCH FUN. I get to meet a lot of different people in this conference and make friends with them. So, I’d definitely go again this year to make more friends!!!

Seattle Trip: As international students, this is new strange place! So, get to know your surroundings by exploring Seattle! It’s so much fun when we go to a new place, see new things and make new friends! I loved the Seattle Trip!!!

Ayano Kosuge - Japan

Ayano Kosuge
Japan

Lunar New Year Celebration: We had a fashion show with traditional clothes from all over the world, Chinese dance performance, and a performance by our school’s Step Dance team. This was really awesome because any students (international and domestic) could join and have a great time together. They should go this event because they can meet new friends and know a new culture.

CORE: This is an overnight trip for new international students to make new friends to be ready for their first new quarter and to get useful information in order to live on campus. This is really fun and a good opportunity to adapt to a new environment in a different country. Besides that, students can ask questions to international and domestic student leaders.

Jamie Choe

Jamie Choe
USA

Gator Bash: This event is to celebrate the end of the year! It’s week-long event consisting of awesome bands, free food, big blow up toys, and lots of other activities that all the students can participate in during their lunch time. There is no reason not to come out and enjoy the sun and fun!

Drive-In Movie: This year we are having a Drive-In Movie on campus as well as in the community. The two movies we will show on campus are “The Hangover” and “Sherlock Holmes.” I am excited to just lie under the stars and watch good movies on campus with all of my friends. Plus, the big screen is definitely more intriguing than anything found in anyone’s living room.

Tung Pham, Vietnam

Tung Pham
Vietnam

Welcome Social event at Campus Corner Apartments: I like this event because this is a very good change for me to meet and greet new students, hang out, and play some fun games to learn about each other.

Seattle Trip: This event helped me learn more about Seattle, the city that I just arrived in. I also loved going to Boeing Field!

Marycarmen Becerra-Nuñez

Marycarmen Becerra-Nuñez
USA

Big Spring Concert: We are hosting the Blue Scholars, Common Market and Massive Monkees. These groups are well known in the Seattle area as well as across the nation. These entertainers show the many elements of culture, music and dance that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. This is a great opportunity for students to explore the many aspects of hip hop in today’s urban Seattle area and I’m really excited to go to the concert!

Students of Color Conference: This is an opportunity for students to explore the struggle of historically underrepresented students from community and technical colleges from around the state. Understanding the importance of diversity in our community is key in order to create a more inclusive environment.

Anh Ly - Vietman

Anh Ly
Vietnam

Mohawk Northern Plastics Inc. (visit to a local business firm): I am so excited to come to see with my own eyes how real people in the real world manufacture industrial products such as the plastic bags for fresh and frozen food. No wonder this would offer me a refreshing experience from the classes at school.

Intramurals: I am glad I have the chance to join Intramurals Indoor Soccer every Friday just to watch my friends from different countries get together and play one of the most popular sports in the world. You’ll find these days exciting and full of connections.

Inez Sumadi - Indonesia

Inez Sumadi
Indonesia

Gator Bash: I am sure it’s gonna be super awesome with a lot of activities that students can join. AND it’s gonna be for 1 whole week so there will be enough opportunities for students.

Summer Trip to Hawai’i: This trip was a good deal for students for the price. You can go together with your friends and everything is already set for you (hotel, airline tickets, etc.)

Haein An  - Korea

Haein An
Korea

CORE: I was so excited to have CORE in Spring to help new international students meet new friends and mingle with student leaders.

Cultural Fair: Though many international students study at GRCC sometimes it’s hard to find time to have strong connections between domestic and international students. So, through the Cultural Fair, students can learn new cultures and customs from Asia and European cultures. It’s really educational and a good method to open student’s eyes.

Arius Derr

Arius Derr
USA

White Water Rafting: You get to travel through the ‘heart’ of Washington to the city of Wenatchee. Along the way, you get to see beautiful scenery! Nestled in the mountains is White River, where you’ll get to brave the turbulent (but safe) waters in a river raft. Over 6 miles of river!

Casino Night: You get to gamble even when you’re underage and it’s legal because we’re playing with fake money! You can meet lots of people, eat free food and have free drinks. If you’re a fan of card games, you’ll love Casino Night like I did!

De Naja' Handy

De Naja’ Handy
USA

Friday Night Movie Night at Campus Corner Apartments: It’s always great to be in the company of great friends and meeting new friends and watching a movie together. We watched a scary movie so we screamed together and then laughed about it!

Twilight Tour: We’re going to go tour the place where Twilight the movies/books takes place. It is going to be awesome to be surrounded in the ‘vampire/wolf’ atmosphere that helped spark the movies/books as well as to see if Forks, Washington is really like the movie.

Natasha Graves

Natasha Graves
USA

Gator Bash: A week-long event that includes bands, artists and a lot of fun events and activities. It is a week filled with fun activities for students who are finishing classes.

Leavenworth: This is a full day’s trip that includes family and friends. We went to a town called Leavenworth where they’ve created a Bavarian Village and the town reminds me of Germany. We ate a lot and shopped a lot and at the end of the night, we saw the Christmas tree lighting festival.

Mouhcine Aitounejjar

Mouhcine Aitounejjar
Morocco

Summer Trip to Hawai’i: It’s a good opportunity to take a break from Auburn and have 5 days of fun in Hawai’i. It will be fun to explore another environment and who doesn’t want to go to Hawai’i?!!!

Mediterranean Buffet: This event was great to socialize with other students more than usual and explore another kind of food. It’s at the end of the quarter so students can relax and enjoy delicious food right before finals.

Kalie Folk

Kalie Folk
USA

Gator Bash: This is going to be an awesome event. I’m really looking forward to it because it is an entire week packed with fun stuff to do. There will be several bands to watch perform for free which is great for a college student’s budget.

Walk-in Movie on the Commons: I’m looking forward to this event as I will get a chance to hang out with friends and watch 2 awesome movies under the stars!

Claire Chung - Korea

Claire Chung
Korea

Pumpkin Carving Event: I love this event because it’s something that I’ve never done before. Especially for international students, it will be a ‘new’ experience!

Cafe Night at Campus Corner Apartments: This is my absolute favorite event. You get to listen to great music, just hang out with your friends…talk. I like that coziness and closeness. It’s just a great opportunity to enjoy LIFE!

Jason Ho - Taiwan

Jason Ho
Taiwan

Snowboarding Trip: As an international student, experiencing something we have never tried before is valuable. I was able to enjoy a beautiful view and get to know more people which is exciting for an international student like me.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Going on this trip gave me the opportunity to explore something new AND pretty. I had the chance to meet so many new students on this trip and see beautiful flowers, too!

Mae Cubing

Mae Cubing
USA

Student Rally at the Capitol: I thought this trip was great and super important because students were given a chance to stand up for their education in front of Washington’s government and be an active influence in the decision-making.

Fall Fling: Having blow-up toys, music shows, food and activities really eases the anxiety of new school and a new year. And it’s FREE! Green River cares that much about welcoming students to start their education.

Jake Paradis

Jake Paradis
USA

Senior Citizen’s Valentine’s Day Dance: I was initially excited about this event because I enjoy ballroom dancing but after dancing with some of the senior citizens and listening to them share old memories with loved ones, I began to realize how rewarding it is to get involved with our campus and community.

Campus Corner Apartments Welcome Social: This event is held at the beginning of each quarter at the campus apartments to welcome new residents. There is food, music and tons of games. It is a great way to make new friends and get plugged in to the campus community.

Cassius Butcher

Cassius Butcher
USA

Oceans Movie Trip: I am really stoked to go see the movie Oceans with a group from school. The movie looks incredible: it has amazing footage of beautiful scenery and wildlife, it promotes environmental awareness, and it’s even narrated by Pierce Bronsnan! It should be a fun and educational opportunity to socialize with other students.

Gator Bash: This is the spring’s weeklong festival-style event on campus and it’s going to be amazing! Last year, when the event was called Spring-a-Palooza, I had a blast! It was my favorite event of the year. The school brings in great live music from many talented artists, hosts many interactive activities for students to get involved in, and has lots of opportunities for free food! I have a feeling that Gator Bash just might be the best event of the year.