Navigating the First Year: Transition and Adjustment Experiences of International Students of Color at a Predominantly White Institution

  • Christina W. Yao
  • Jennifer N. Rutt
  • Kaleb Briscoe
  • Alexandra Kirshenbaum
  • Matthew W. Knight
  • Kathleen J. Buell

Abstract

International student mobility has been a highly discussed topic in higher education in the United States (U.S.). Yet current geo-political issues necessitate a re-examination of how international students, especially those who would be considered students of Color, are transitioning to U.S. higher education institutions. Findings from three interviews that spanned participants’ first year on campus include the importance of social interactions, challenges with academic adjustments, and navigating the effects of politics. Suggestions for student affairs practice are addressed, including pre-sojourn connections and peer engagement.

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Published
2019-12-03
How to Cite
Yao, C. W., Rutt, J. N., Briscoe, K., Kirshenbaum, A., Knight, M. W., & Buell, K. J. (2019). Navigating the First Year: Transition and Adjustment Experiences of International Students of Color at a Predominantly White Institution. Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, 26(2). https://doi.org/10.24926/jcotr.v26i2.2374
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Feature Articles