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International Humans of Messiah: Yokabed Wubishet Jekale and Danielle Chun

Maddie Crocenzi
Editor-in-Chief

With ISA/MuKappa’s International Banquet coming up this Saturday, The Pulse is profiling different international students and missionary kids all week. Read about Yokabed Jekale, an international student from Ethiopia and Danielle Chun, an international student from Malaysia.

Name: Yokabed Wubishet Jekale
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
International student from Ethiopia

What does the International Banquet mean to you?

It is a celebration of the richness of God’s creation. I view it as an opportunity to praise God for all the beauty he has allowed me to experience through the different cultures represented.

What’s your favorite part about ISA/MuKappa?

My favorite part would have to be seeing the friends I do not get to see often. I also love the performances.

What was the transition to Messiah College like for you?

I was a student in the USA high school environment similar to Messiah. The transition was smooth, especially as it was aided by the Intercultural Office.

What do you miss most about the country you are from or the country you grew up in?

I miss my family, friends, the slower pace and the constant reminder that there is need in the world. I believe that when I am more aware of it, it is harder to ignore people who are in need.

What’s one thing you want students to know about international students or MKs at Messiah?

I want to extend my gratitude to the students at Messiah for welcoming me in a foreign land, for explaining what may seem obvious to them, for taking the time to entertain me, a foreigner, as one of their brothers and sisters. I would also encourage international students to go to the Rafiki House more.

 

Danielle Chun (pictured left).

Name: Danielle Chun
Year: Senior
Major: Economic Development
International student from Malaysia

What does the International Banquet mean to you?

To me, the International Banquet is one of the biggest highlights of the year. It’s a time of international food and performances, a celebration of diversity and people’s heritage, and it’s always a lot of fun! With this year being my last, this upcoming International Banquet is extra meaningful.

What’s your favorite part about ISA/MuKappa?

I think my favorite part is the sense of belonging that I feel. I know that I have and belong to a community of other students who either come from similar backgrounds or have a heart for other countries and the world at large. I know that within ISA/MuKappa I can always find someone who can empathize with various aspects of being an international student, be it missing home, or family, or food.

What was the transition to Messiah College like for you?

It wasn’t bad, actually. I came in with another Malaysian student—we went through a lot of experiences at the same time, so we were able to process things together. Also, the Malaysian upperclassmen and my peer mentor from ISA/MuKappa took good care of me. Of course, there would be times when I would miss home, my family and friends and Malaysian food, but God, friendships, clubs and activities helped.

What do you miss most about the country you are from or the country you grew up in?

I think every Malaysian would have the same answer—our food! Ask any Malaysian student on campus if they know what their first meal will be when they arrive in Malaysia, they will definitely have an answer ready!

What’s one thing you want students to know about international students or MKs at Messiah?

International students, MKs and TCKs are proud of their heritage and where they’re from. I know that I welcome questions about my country and background and perspective. In my opinion, the best way to get to know someone and their story is to talk to them. So, share a meal (no international student will refuse the offer of food) and ask away!

If you missed Thursday’s International Humans of Messiah, read Leah Robinson’s profile here. Check back tomorrow for more!

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