Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Summer 2020

Thesis Director

Dianne Timm

Thesis Committee Member

Mona Y. Davenport

Thesis Committee Member

Mark A. Hudson


This study sought to explore the real-life experiences of two international students and the impact on their transition to a United States college. A narrative qualitative approach was used to incorporate the stories of international students as shared by their own words. Their stories were used to identify similarities and differences including resources they utilized and their interactions with others. International students all share different cultural backgrounds and characteristics. Nonetheless, they will each have their own unique experiences, as well as have different ways of reacting and responding to those experiences. We must put in the effort of listening to and understanding their experiences so that we may understand who they are as individuals and improve the way in which we assist them throughout their transition.