Reading the story about Kabuika and her experiences as an international student at DePaul University was terribly sad, but also inspirational. In thinking about that, though, there is a very good chance that students here at the U are in a somewhat similar situation. There are hundreds of international students here, and I’m sure that there is a good chance that they have had difficulties of their own when it comes to their family back home. Even if the problems they are having are not nearly as severe as Kabuika’s it still must be very difficult being in a strange country, especially when there is a cultural literacy barrier. From personal experience, worked with a lot of international students at my on-campus job at the beginning of the school year. One particular experience sticks out the most in my mind. A young man came into our office nearly every day. He barely spoke English and he was in a new school in a new country with no one helping him out or telling him how to get around. He didn’t know where most places were on campus and he had a hard enough time understanding my directions, let alone finding his classes. One day after I taught him how to pay his tuition bill online, we got to talking about his family. His father had died when he was a child and his mom worked really hard to help him fulfill the dream of going to college. When I think about what a lot of people have to go through to get an education, it makes me feel really fortunate.