| James Kon |
UNITED States-bound students and their parents on Friday gained invaluable knowledge at the pre-departure orientation event hosted by the United States (US) Embassy in Brunei Darussalam’s academic advising service, EducationUSA.
The students will be attending a range of institutions in the US, from Ivy League universities to community colleges, learning subjects from engineering and business to theatre and music.
While most are finishing their secondary school, others are advancing their careers by furthering their professional skills. This range of educational opportunities and expertise is one of the reasons that the US attracts the largest number of foreign students in the world.
US Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer Daniel K Lee in his welcoming remarks said, “The US is truly a diverse and multi-faceted country, and I hope that you will return from your studies – be it one semester or four years later – with a greater understanding of the country that I call home. You will also have the opportunity to study and live with foreign students from other countries – more foreign students choose to study in the US than anywhere else in the world. That tells you that you have made the right choice.”
The orientation event, he explained “will provide important information on studying and living in the US, so take advantage of this opportunity to prepare yourself for the adventure that awaits you.
“Always remember that you are going to be representing your country – you may be the first Bruneian that many Americans meet in person. I urge you to be ambassadors for Brunei and to take seriously your responsibilities to be good global citizens and scholars. I also encourage you to have fun and to take advantage of every positive opportunity that comes your way.”
The orientation assisted students in preparing for their move from Brunei to attend a college or university in the US. Students, parents, school counsellors and alumni, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and scholarship-giving bodies also attended the event.
US-bound students and their parents also had the opportunity to meet with students currently studying in the US, as well as with members of the Brunei-US Association (BUSA), who offered tips on how to prepare for American academic, social, and cultural environment.
Representatives of the embassy’s Consular Section delivered a briefing on student visa applications, and gave tips on travelling and arriving in the US.
Lee also said, “The US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam is proud of all these students who will be furthering their education and careers in the US. We wish you the best of luck at your chosen university or college, and we hope you have an exceptional experience in the US.”
The students will be pursuing their education at Berklee School of Music, Brown University, Cornell University, Los Angeles College of Music, New York University, Orange Coast Community College, Rice University, State University of New York – Stony Brook, the University of Hawaii, and Wright State University.