你好!  नमस्ते!  안녕하세요! வணக்கம்!

Kamusta! Hello! Xin chào! สวัสดี! こんにちは!

I’m Danny Tan from Malaysia. I studied BSc. in Electrical Engineering in the USA many years ago. Leaving home back then to pursue tertiary education was actually very overwhelming. The language barrier, culture shock and fear of the unknown in a foreign land were some of the anxieties I could recall facing.

It all changed when I landed at the airport. Someone was assigned by the University to pick me up and send me to the dorm. A week later, I was hosted by the same person to assist me in shopping for all my essentials. An American couple was assigned to be my foster parents to help me settle down in the US quickly. They were the ones who introduced me to the local culture and communities. They made me feel like a part of their family and eventually made me feel that I had a home away from home.

Today I want to extend the same kindness and hospitality to all the international students here on the coast – one student at a time. I want to enable these students to settle down quickly and feel at home here so they too can call this place their home away from home!

More importantly, I want them to find and fulfill their purpose in life! So that they can contribute and add value to the country they come from!