Shoreline Community College students David Lim and Fitri Ardani had the opportunity to shake hands with Governor Chris Gregoire at the 14th Annual All-Washington Academic Team celebration at South Seattle Community College on Thursday, March 26. The two international students joined some 60 other students from across the state to be honored for their academic accomplishments and volunteer efforts.
The 17 year-old Lim hails from Kuala Lumpur. He appreciates that his parents held high expectations of him academically and says it’s because of this and their belief in him that he is studying in the United State today. When he arrived at Shoreline Community College, he immediately joined the Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA), the college’s business club, and the political science and economics clubs, and took on as many responsibilities as possible while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average. Although getting a topnotch education was paramount, Lim also recognized the value of gaining leadership skills and he found the opportunity to facilitate meetings and organize and promote college events as a volunteer International Peer Mentor. Lim led his business team to third place at an international DECA conference last year.
Fitri Ardani is equally interested in developing her language and communications skills as she is earning her degree in accounting. Although only 18, Ardani left her homeland in Indonesia to study abroad, where she could experience people and customs from around the world. Although she expected it to be difficult adapting to the newness of living and studying in the U.S., she was surprised at how challenging it was learning conversational English and about classroom culture. When she became more confident in her English and classroom skills, Ardani started helping other ESL students gain confidence. She and her team members won second place in Business Ethics at the DECA State Career Development Conference.
Lim and Ardani each received $750 scholarships from KeyBank and the Northwest Education Loan Association. They will be introduced at the April Board of Trustees meeting.