EdUSA organized the first PDO with the Albanian students that are going to start school in Spring 2014
14.11.2013
EDUCATIONUSA ADVISING CENTER, ALBANIA

Organized the first Pre-Departure Orientation
with the Albanian students that are going to start school in Spring 2014


The US Fulbrighter Elena Shomos gave a general information to the Albanian students who have been accepted at a U.S. institution, on issues they might face while living in the U.S.

The Albanian students that are going to start school in January 2014 got relevant information on:

• First Days - dealing with jet lag and homesickness
• Campus life in the US
• Homework and reading: what to expect
• Office hours
• US coffee culture
• Alcohol and smoking in the US
• Campus involvement
• Staying mentally healthy
• Health, LGBT, and counseling services
• Speaking English
• Banking and financial management, insurance

In this first PDO have participated: Roberta Spathari (admitted at St. Petersburg College (SpS), Arion Ndregjoni (admitted at Bergon Community College), Elba Kapllani (admitted at Brigham University Provo), Arber Dumani (admitted at Metropolitan Community College, MCC), Armand Bajraktari (admitted at Bergon Community College), Albana Marku (Admitted at Oakland Community College), Laura Merja and Paskualino Mjeda.

The PDO was also attended by the REAC Cheryl Francisconi, Mrs. Mirela Cupi, Mr. Brian Street, Adviser Fatjona Qurku and Adviser Jonida Lamaj.

The event was organized at the cafeteria of University Marin Barleti, Campus 1 (Tirana’s Artificial Lake), November 13, 11.00 – 14.00. The place was suitable for an informal meeting and was followed by Pizza and various drinks.