Student of the Month
Yufan (Claire) Liao from China
(Claire) Liao is from Changsha Hunan, China. She came to Green River
in June 2007 and attended the Summer IESL program. "It was really
fun! We went camping, played games, I even won a prize. After my
summer IESL experience, I no longer felt lonely in an unfamiliar
place. Participating in activities and making friends helped me to
adjust quickly to the new environment."
Yufan continued her IESL studies and graduated in
March 2008. In her graduation speech she told her fellow students
and teachers, "When I think of my IESL experience, I don't just
think of grammar tests, listening exams, and oral presentations. I
think of people, lots of different people who touched me deeply.
Before I came to the United States from China, my mom always said my
future is whatever I choose to make of it. I chose to study at GRCC
to realize my dreams. Here I met a lot of good people who helped me
to no longer feel out of place. Studying in the IESL program has
been an influential experience in my life."
Yufan will move on to academic classes next
quarter and hopes to transfer to an American university and study