Greetings Host Families!
Let me begin by welcoming all of our new families to the program! I am excited that you have chosen to get involved with this great program and am certain that you will soon realize just how much of an impact you and your student will have on one another. Each month during the academic year, International Student Services will send a brief message to give you a little insight into the life of your host student - important events on campus, challenges your student may be experiencing and more. I encourage you to explore the Host Family Program webpage for additional information including student and family spotlights, the host family handbook, family photo album, student events calendar, and much more!
Just a few short weeks ago we welcomed a small group of new international students to the Falcon Family. Even though the students were greeted by arctic winds and subzero temperatures, they were enthusiastic about beginning their new adventure at UW-River Falls. This semester, our campus is home to nearly 150 international students from 20 different countries! Thank you for all that you do to support these students as they transition to and through UW-River Falls.
This month international students - both new and returning- are probably in the "honeymoon" stage of the semester. This is especially true for new students and those who traveled home during winter break. Often, changes in scenery, food, language, and customs can be exhilarating. Soon, however, the excitement of these changes may fade and your student may experience culture shock and homesickness. Check in with your host student often - invite them to your home for some family time, explore River Falls together or simply send them a quick message to see how they are doing. Sometimes the most ordinary activities can make a big different in helping students adjust or readjust to live in River Falls. If you're looking for something to do with your student check out the Student Events and Activities Calendar.
Having so many international students on campus is great but there is one problem - we don't have enough host families for all of the students interested in being matched! Currently there are 15 students waiting to be paired with a local family. If you would like to add to your family or know someone who would be a great host family, please contact me. I would be happy to share more details about the students on the waitlist.
I look forward to watching your friendships grow this semester! If you have any question, please don't hesitate to contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-425-4444!
Thank you for all that you do!
Graduate Student Intern
International Student Services
Check out the Host Family Handbook for more information about being a Host Family and to view a list of activities you can do with your student!