Welcome to Yale and congratulations! As you’ve undoubtedly been told many times, the next four years will probably be the most action packed years of your lives. Yale will be everything you have dreamt of and more – it will inspire, tire, push and reward you. It will stretch you to the boundaries of possibility and, through the experiences it offers, shape the people you will be.
As international students, your very presence at Yale will celebrate the rich diversity that exists within Yale’s student population. As international students, you are the epitome of this diversity, bringing with you different cultures, experiences and opinions; you will open your world to others and allow them to broaden their horizons and, in the process, learn from them and become more open in your outlooks as well.
At Yale, you will find yourselves being members of its closest-knit community, where unity truly does exist in diversity – the International Students Organization (ISO). The ISO is active in promoting and enriching the international experience at Yale through social, political, cultural and financial issue platforms. Over the course of your Yale career, I hope you find yourselves at our social events (starting with “Ibiza", the most anticipated party of the year), our cultural mixers, our electrifying political talks and our outlets for everyday issues pertinent to internationals. I hope that you find, first during OIS and then in ISO, the platform to celebrate your inherent uniqueness of thought and opinion and that you allow us to create a home away from home for you.
On behalf of the entire ISO Board, I would like to welcome you warmly to Yale. Regardless of your nationality (American passport holders are allowed too) and your time spent abroad, we hope to have you become an active member of the ISO during the upcoming year.
I, along with several other members of the ISO Board, am an OIS Counselor this year as well and cannot wait to see you there! I do encourage you to sign up for OIS if you have spent any time abroad – it is a unique opportunity to engage and interact with a majority of your international class. In the meantime, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding involvement in the ISO.
P.S. - The ISO will also be there at the Freshman Bazaar and you will hear back from us when you are on campus.