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Projects Reflect Impact of Pandemic on Int’l Students

The opening title from the first-place winning vlog by Junyan Chen, Wenjia Wu, and Sunrue Ye.

INTO Hofstra hosted a year-end virtual celebration that invited students to share creative works that reflect how they have been coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. INTO, established at Hofstra in 2019, provides international students with English language study and academic and cultural resources to make their educational experience in the United States rewarding and successful.

According to Hanaa Wahba, Ed.D., Program Manager of INTO Hofstra and Director of the University’s ESL Curriculum, these “Create to Communicate Projects” encouraged the students to express themselves through different artforms, including film, poetry, graphic design, and music. The teams of INTO students were able to collaborate with peer leaders – Hofstra students who are U.S. citizens – as well as faculty. The peer leaders are: Nadeen Yassin, Sonika Attri, Shelby Mitchell, and Evelyn Daniela Alas Moran.

At the end of the May 8th celebration held over Zoom, attendees voted for the best three projects:

First Place: Our Quarantine Life, a four-minute vlog produced by Junyan Chen, Wenjia Wu, and Sunrue Ye. Professor Wahba served as their faculty leader and advisor on the project.

Second Place: INTO Hofstra Healthcare Plan for Immigrants, a website created by Aleena Ali, Hsuan-Hao Su, and their Hofstra peer leader Sonika Attri. The website’s purpose is to address healthcare issues faced by immigrants worldwide. Professor Wahba served as the students’ faculty leader and advisor on the project along with their Hofstra peer leader Sonika Attri.

Third Place: Shinichi Inaba, Tiantong Zhang, Yongze Jiang and their Hofstra peer leader Nadeen Yassin presented “Heroes,” an original song, and a timeline of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The winners received prizes for their submissions. All the students were awarded certificates for completing their creative projects in the Project-Based Learning workshop at INTO Hofstra program.

For more information on INTO Hofstra, visit the program’s website.

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