I am a foreign student from Beijing, China and coming here to study by myself. Everything seems so unfamiliar to me when I just landed on USA, walked into UMBC campus last year...Graduate study life is stressful, and being alone here is terrible, until I found "PROMISE", everything has changed...
By "PROMISE", I get to know lots of friends who are just like me, different backgrounds who are coming from various countries, they are energic and easy-going, so kind to help each other. I can't miss every PROMISE events, why? I'd like to meet these friends, this is a good place to share our feelings and to lighten our study stress. What's more, I learnt a lot from them by exchanging different experience. That's true, "PROMISE" tightly connect us, our graduate life can not live without it!
When talks about "PROMISE" events, PROMISE community Building Retreat @ Rocky Gap on Feb. 2009 is one of them that I can not forget until today. I have a strong feeling like back to my family since I came to USA, we are laughing, playing, learning together. There are no country boundaries there, and if you'd like to have a wonderful world-tour, you can't miss it. My friends which I met in PROMISE Retreat @ Rocky Gap are from US, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, South Africa, Greek...etc. of course, myself - China. And more interesting thing is we are also coming from different academic fields, like computer science, mechanic engineerning, history, biology, chemistry, information systems, economics...when we playing cards or games, you will find how fun it is, the brainstorming styles are so various which I had never experienced before.
"PROMISE" is a big part of supplement to our regular graduate study life now, and it is far more than make our graduate life better, I meet my friends there and they had became my lifelong friends whereever I go in the future. "World is becoming flat" by PROMISE!
Thanks and I love PROMISE.
- Peng He
Graduate Student in Information Systems