Challenging the Mind & Body

International student Jiaqi “Kyki” Li had a rocky start as a UW freshman. She stayed up most of the night trying to complete her first class assignment — 60 pages of reading and a two-page response essay — but was unable to finish. She came to class the next day empty-handed.

“I felt very defeated,” recalls Li, from Shenzhen, China. “But when I talked to my professor, she understood that it was my first college class in a second language and a new country. She pointed me towards the Odegaard Writing & Research Center (OWRC) for help.”

“Dance becomes a way to connect with people, to learn about a culture, and that is just very inspiring for me,” says...

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