iNTRA participants L-R: Arron Cao (sophomore, accountacy), Yaxin Guo (sophomore, international studies), Yanran Chu (junior, media and culture, fashion design), Tianyi He (sophomore, mathematics and statistics)
iNTRA participants L-R: Arron Cao (sophomore, accountacy), Yaxin Guo (sophomore, international studies), Yanran Chu (junior, media and culture, fashion design), Tianyi He (sophomore, mathematics and statistics)
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iNTRA works to help international students succeed at Miami

iNTRA logoiNTRA student Mark Cao

iNTRA participant Mark Cao: sophomore, computer science

International Students Reaching Across (iNTRA) is working to help international students at Miami University succeed, through a series of articles released on the WeChat social media platform.

iNTRA is a professional development program for international students at Miami, providing them with an arena to practice the skills they will need for the business world and beyond. It is administered through the ESL program in the English Department. Each year, 4-6 students are selected to participate. They are responsible for designing and executing four events during the academic year. The events involve engaging international students with one another and with the greater community.

The WeChat articles represent a collaboration between iNTRA participants and English faculty. Topics include: tips for improving essay drafts, understanding and selecting a thematic sequence, the importance of citing academic sources, preparing to apply for graduate school, and how to request a letter of recommendation. Lighter topics are also addressed, such as places to visit in the Oxford area. Students participate in the design, writing and marketing of the articles.

The articles are released through an official account on the WeChat platform. Building followers to that account allows the English Department to maintain contact with international students, even after they finish the required first-year composition courses.

iNTRA's goals for the 2018-2019 academic year are to continue to grow the account and to create content that will appeal to Miami’s international student population. The challenge of developing English-language articles on a Chinese-language platform is one that the students are enjoying. Tianyi He, a sophomore mathematics and statistics major and iNTRA participant, states that developing the articles "[gives] me a great confidence and a sense of accomplishment."

"I believe the challenge is worthy to accomplish if more and more [students] get help from us. For now, it is just a beginning, with more challenges ahead of us."

If you have an idea for an article, please share it with the program advisor, William Orth (orthwp@MiamiOH.edu).