August 2018, Vol. XXIV, No. 1

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The Orientation Edition


Welcome to the 2018/19 program year! We can't wait for you to meet the first arrivals of the new class—as we did at our first orientation last week. In this special edition of PAX Press, we share all of the excitement surrounding the new year as experienced by our first group of students from Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Somaliland, Spain, and Thailand.

Get to know the newbies through quotes, interviews, games, and a photo essay—there are even two articles by PAX alumnae who attended this same PAX New York City/Adelphi University orientation in 2013! 
Happy reading/watching!


Pics & Quotes 

  • Expectations Workshop


    Leading the Friday session, Brikena Samara seeks out Lars' (Germany) input.

  • New York Harbor Tour

    New York Harbor Tour

    The sole Korean at the first orientation, Jiwook (center) didn't have any trouble making friends. 

  • Spanish Squad

    Spanish Squad

    The Spanish boys instinctively strike a pre-match soccer pose at Lincoln Center.

  • Merry Mexicans

    Merry Mexicans

    Ana Maria and Virginia were downright giddy to finally have arrived!

  • Cruising the Campus


    Shortly after arrival, Ana Maria (Mexico) explores the Adelphi University campus.

  • Thai Rockefeller Center

    Rockefeller Center

    Thai students pose for an international-themed shot in front of the flags on the plaza.  



Why? How? What?

Having just arrived in the U.S. at PAX arrival orientation (literally minutes before their interviews), Julia and Sabela answer three questions:

1. Why did you want to become an exchange student?

2. How do you feel now that you have finally arrived?

3. What are you looking forward to doing first?


Madleen's NYC Vlog

Hello! This video is giving you some impressions of our New York orientation with PAX. I really loved it, and I'm thankful that I have had the chance to get to know so many nice people from all over the world in beautiful New York! Have a nice day—hope you like it!

—Madleen (Germany), hosted by the Hollenshead family (TX)



This or That?

It's simple enough. Faced with two choices, which do you prefer?

Tired and jetlagged—but most importantly excited—four newly arrived guys give it a try.


Alums Remember

Fabi NYC

Once an exchange student snapping photos in every direction during her tour of Manhattan, Fabienne Mertens (2013/14, Germany) has had the chance to explore NYC at a more relaxed pace while she interns in the PAX National Office. Hear what she has to say about her PAX arrival orientation five years ago.

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Although the fashion and technology changes, some things don't. The New York Harbor tour is still a highlight of PAX orientation, as it was when Jiayuan ("Annalise") Hu from China attended (closest student looking at camera). She shares what she remembers from a fun three days many summers ago.

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