Marshalltown Community College
(YFU News – February, 2011)
Celebrating the Chinese/Korean New Year.
Heu Weon, Jun Sik and Yiwen hosted a Chinese/Korea New Year's Dinner Party at Heu Weon/Kathie Readout's home on February 4. Heu Weon and Jun Sik spent the day preparing an array of Korean food for us, donggrangddaeng (beef meatballs), dduk guk (rice cake soup), kimchi pancakes, and Korean dumplings, which were very tasty and enjoyed by all.
Left photo - Guests at Korean New Year’s Party.
Right photo - Host mom, Kathie demonstrates her use of chopsticks.
Following dinner we played the card game "Spoons," a high spirited card game that gets very competitive and somewhat dangerous as everyone grabs for the final spoons. Many thanks to our host and hostesses for a wonderful evening together.
Left photo- Our Korean New Year’s Dinner.
Right photo- Setting up for the Spoons card game.
Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing at
On February 13, we headed for the slopes at Seven Oaks Ski Resort in Boone to snowboard, ski and inner tube down the slopes. It was a beautiful and warm sunny day, and as we drove to the resort we feared the snow would be too melted to ski, but Seven Oaks makes snow, and the slopes had several feet thick of it. Some of the students were down on their back ends more than up while others swooshed down the highest hill with ease. Iowa doesn't have big mountains, but the snowy hills of Seven Oaks provided enough challenge to make it an exciting day on the slopes for everyone. The students enjoyed it so much, in fact, that many of them wanted to go back the very next weekend!
Left photo- Our group ready to hit the slopes
at Seven Oaks Ski Resort
Right photo- Taking a lesson before hitting the slopes.
Stas and Yiwen Give Presentations on Russia and China .
This month we continued our potluck/presentations with Yiwen presenting on her country of China and Stas presenting on Russia on February 27. Both students did an outstanding job of sharing their country and culture with us. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about all our students' countries while they are also learning about the U.S. while attending MCC.
Student Star of the Month
This month’s student star is Yiwen (a.k.a. Even) Sun who shares
her experience as a YFU student at MCC.
I still remember the moment I went though Chinese
customs and the moment of my first step here in America. When we
came back from Florida in spring break, I walked out of Des Moines
International airport, and I felt like it was still the first time
I came here and was the first time I saw Barb smile and wave to
me and say “welcome, Yiwen.” Five months I have been
here and will still be here until next winter. Thousands of people
have asked me if I love America, if I love Iowa, if I love Marshalltown,
if I love American food, if I miss my hometown, and so on. There
is no doubt there are many differences between America and China,
and I do love America so much, but I still miss my sweet hometown.
All the teachers in Marshalltown Community College are really nice.
Maybe this college is so small that instructor can know all the
students in his or her class. As the result, my instructor even
would ask me why I didn’t complete my physics homework, which
would never happen in a big university that has two thousand students
in one class. And fortunately all my teachers are really kind to
me and would never tire of my endless questions, so I got 3.9 GPA
last semester and also received an outstanding student award last
My English has improved a lot because there is only one Chinese
student here, so I have to speak English all day long. I am really
not good at any language at all and even didn’t pass the TOEFL
(test of English as foreign language) test at the first time. But
all the classes I am taking here are helping a lot, especially composition
In the states, I started to learn piano. This is not my first time
to learn instruction, but I believe it would be the hardest one
I have ever learned. I practiced a lot last semester and finally
got an outstanding music student award.
I have a new host family this month, the Bob and Connie Beard family.
We will hug every morning before I go to school and every night
before I go to bed. We have family dinner together every single
day, and I have my own bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. Everything
makes me feel warm and more independent.
In this month we have had many activities, but what I still remember
is that we went skiing. Actually I haven’t skied since elementary
school, but I still believed I could make it, so I went to one of
the highest hills. However, the truth was I couldn’t even
stop if I was moving. But my YFU buddies still waited for me when
I couldn’t even move at all, and finally I walked down the
hill and started from the beginning. At last, I made it down all
the high hills successfully. I learned a lot from it even though
it was just skiing for fun. “Friend in need is a friend indeed.”
We YFU students are teammates and will be friends forever.
Maybe twenty years later I would still keep in touch with them and
would go to their country visiting. At the same time, if they came
to China one day, I would definitely be willing to host them, because
we used to be teammates and they used to wait for me and help me
when I was suck in snow. Even though we fought or argued with each
other in the past time, I still believe that we will miss each other
It may not be my first time studying away from home, and may not
be my first time I went abroad, and may not be my first time I faced
everything alone, but it would be one of the best treasures in my
life. I spent my 18-year-old birthday party here, and I drove my
first car here, and I got my first salary here. Maybe this is not
the place I grew up, but it is the place I became an adult. I still
miss my family, my hometown, my friends back in China, but by all
means I have family and friends here in Marshalltown, and Marshalltown
would be my second hometown my whole life, and I will love it here
forever and treasure all the memories.
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