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Beijing and Shanghai. That's particularly important for international students thinking
about studying on a campus like his.
"This is the home of the Grateful Dead,"
he said. "This is where the hippies came in
the '60s and it's a real alternative lifestyle,
which isn't the image international students
expect to see when they arrive in the U.S. International alumni talk about differences in
our academic style-that [foreign students]
can speak up in class, ask questions, and
challenge the professor-who wears sandals
and jeans and whom you call by their first
name. I've heard Chinese alumni say, 'Get
ready for this; it will seem strange at first.' "
Moreover, alumni are invaluable in advising new international students about
how to get the most out of their social experience at school.
"I routinely hear [alumni say] 'I'm going
to speak to freshmen about what I would
have done differently had I arrived now,' "
Schafermeyer said. "They could have benefitted from more clubs and organizations,
and by making more American friends.
There's a group on campus that started an
'I Love My Accent' campaign-a series of
YouTube videos demonstrating that they
were once afraid to order coffee or to raise

their hand in class because of their accents,
but have now learned to love their accents."

Recruiting Alumni
A few years back, alumni interested in recruiting students "just kind of fell into our
laps," Hardin said. Today, his office is more
proactive about building a network of former international students who can recruit
newcomers. Three years ago, Hardin hired
an assistant director for alumni recruitment
who was charged with building an international recruiting network.
EducationUSA-a U.S. State Department
program that promotes higher education in
this country for international students-is
an excellent resource for international alumni, Hardin said.
Many campuses have international peer
adviser groups, which consist of current international students who help new students
adjust to campus life, says Soohoo-Refaei.
Advisers participate in student orientation
seminars and are typically assigned a group
of students so they can help them navigate
their first week at school.
After Evelyn Levinson, AU's director of
international admissions, first arrived on
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bust network of international alumni living
outside the United States and invited them
to attend events with prospective students
and parents. The latter "want to ask, 'Were
you employable upon graduation?' " she
said. "They want to know if their son or
daughter will be in a safe environment and
whether the investment they make will pay
off. We want our alumni to be genuine; we
never censor or screen what they say. So
alumni get up and say, 'Everything's not perfect. Look, the dorms were a little shabby.' "
Dobson used to work at Tufts University
in alumni relations. One of the first places
she went to learn about including international alumni in recruitment and retention
was the school's admissions office, where she
found that alumni who were willing to interview prospective students were organized by
regions around the globe. These international recruiters were able to cover much ground
in Asia and Europe. She also found that one
of the best ways to recruit alumni was to
advertise on the school's website. While at
Tufts, she had an online volunteer form that
alumni could fill out if they wanted to attend
recruitment or predeparture events for accepted students in their home country.
There are some approaches that don't
work, Dobson advised. For instance, she
warns against relying on a homogenous
group of international alumni for recruitment, no matter their tenure or commitment.
"We want applicants to feel they can
connect with those they speak to about
the opportunity to attend the university,"
she said, noting that while at Tufts, some
alumni volunteers in their 60s and 70s "still
wanted to own and manage [the program]
and meet the students, waxing nostalgically
about the good old days at Tufts. So a prospective student is 18 and says, 'I need to
know what things are like today.' We started
to recruit younger alumni who graduated in
the last 10 years."
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DANA WILKIE is a freelance writer in Alexandria,
Virginia. Her last article for IE was "Complying
With Clery," which appeared in the annual health
and insurance supplement published with the
November/December issue.


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Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
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In Brief
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Education Abroad
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