2022 Global Spartan Photo Contest Winners

Each year, International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) invites students to participate in our Photo Contest and celebrate Global Spartan Month with us throughout March. Our goal is to share a variety of cultural perspectives through photography and short narratives. As such, each photo is accompanied by a 150-word-maximum narrative that explains the cultural significance of the photo to the photographer, answering the questions: What aspect of culture does this photo represent? Why is this photograph important to me?

Congratulations to our 2022 Photo Contest Winners and our Top 10 Finalists!

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How the Vietnamese Celebrate Lunar New Year

About the author: Mindy Sun is a graduate student from Vietnam studying Business Administration. She is a Global Leader with ISSS and also serves on the iSucceed Mentorship Program Advisory Board.

I have been living and studying in the U.S. as an international student since 2014. No matter how long I’ve lived in the U.S., one thing I really miss around this time each year is Tết Nguyên Đán, which you may know as Lunar New Year. I am writing this blog post to share how we usually celebrate this most special occasion of the year to hopefully bring a piece of Vietnamese culture to all of you in the U.S., who may also be international students living away from home. The following is a guide to how Vietnamese celebrate Tết. Enjoy!


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Understanding Bowling

Want to give bowling a try? Join us at our Watch ‘N’ Play Bowling Night on February 22, 2022 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Student Union Bowling Center. Members of the Bowling Team will be there to help you learn how to play. Space is limited, so register today

Hello everyone, My name is Willis Tsui and I am an international student from Hong Kong. I started bowling when I was really young because of my parents. I have been bowling for more than 10+ years and am now currently on the SJSU Bowling Team. Before you begin, here are the basics of how to bowl properly. 

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Scary Stories from Around the World

7Authors: Wai Hou (Harry) Sio and Mindy Sun

Halloween is coming around the corner, bringing with it the creepy atmosphere of the unknowns. Join us at the Halloween events this year to hear more about ghost tales from different cultures and share scary stories you personally experienced. We’re offering two sessions, one during Global Connections and a separate evening session.

Scary Stories Around the World  Event

  • Session 1: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 4:00-5:00 PM | Join us!
  • Session 2: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 8:00-9:00 PM | Join us!

For now, here are the four stories we believe will keep you up tonight. Get yourself a blanket and ready for the goosebumps! Continue Reading…