How to Stay Cool and Safe in the Heat at ESLi at WKU

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As we get the first month of summer out of our way, Mother Nature is turning up the heat. ESLi at WKU will be experiencing Heat Watch temperatures over the next week, and though this can be dangerous, there are steps you can take to stay safe and cool.

Never Leave Children or Pets In a Vehicle
The temperature inside a vehicle can top 125 degrees in the amount of time it takes to run inside a store. Never leave children or pets inside your vehicle, and keep the windows down when the air conditioner isn’t running.

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Dress for the Heat
Wear loose-fitting clothing and light colors to stay the coolest. Dark-colored clothing will absorb the sun’s rays, and tight-fitting clothing doesn’t allow air to reach the skin.

Be Mindful of Others
Check on family and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning, especially if they’re elderly. Keep an eye on animals. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water and shade.

Stay Hydrated – Drink Water
Your number one safeguard against excessive heat is water. When properly hydrated, the body is able to cool itself, but if you don’t stay hydrated, you can easily overheat and suffer heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

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Find a Place to Cool Down
If you don’t have air conditioning, try to find a cool place to relax during the peak heat hours of the day. Shopping malls, libraries, and movie theaters are all great places to cool down.

Day Five: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Mammoth Cave National Park

As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

Day Five

Mammoth Cave National Park

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Kentucky is home to the longest cave system in the world. There are many activities to enjoy at Mammoth Cave National Park, such as:

  • Cave Tours
  • Hiking Trails
  • Bike Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking

Summer season runs from June 11 – August 4 at Mammoth Cave, and you can find information about the summer 2016 tour schedule here Mammoth Cave Summer Tour Schedule .

Day Four: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Beech Bend Park and Splash Lagoon

As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

We’re going to post one new and exciting activity each day this week, so check back and see how you can enjoy your summer at ESLi at WKU.

Day Four

Beech Bend Park and Splash Lagoon

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There’s nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in a swimming pool, floating along the lazy river, or zipping down a water slide. When you’re not in the water, y0u can ride one of the many roller coasters and rides in Beech Bend’s amusement park.

A trip to Beech Bend is perfect for taking a break from schoolwork to relax and recharge. The park is open every weekend during summer and most weekdays too.

Day Three: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Concerts in the Park

As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

We’re going to post one new and exciting activity each day this week, so check back and see how you can enjoy your summer at ESLi at WKU.

Day Three

Concerts in the Park
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Nearly every Friday night during the months of June, July, and August, live music is performed at Circus Square Park. The genres of music range from bluegrass, country, and jazz to rock n’ roll.

There are food vendors and a beer garden on site, so bring along a blanket or chairs, and enjoy some great music this summer.

Day Two: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Chaney’s Dairy Barn Ice Cream and a Moovie

As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

We’re going to post one new and exciting activity each day this week, so check back and see how you can enjoy your summer at ESLi at WKU.

Day Two
Chaney’s Dairy Barn: Ice Cream and a Moovie

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Chaney’s Dairy Barn is a local treasure. At Chaney’s you can enjoy freshly homemade ice cream, made right there on the farm. They also offer sandwiches, burgers, soups, salad, and locally made crafts.

But the real fun starts after the sun goes down. At 6 PM, on most weekends, you can enjoy ice cream and a movie projected right onto the side of the Chaney’s barn. All the movies are family friendly.

Some titles on the schedule for this summer are:
Kung Fu Panda 3Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Peanut’s Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Trip
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Minions
Zootopia

Follow this link to check out their event schedule to make sure you don’t miss your favorite movie!   Chaney’s Ice Cream and a Moovie Schedule

Day One: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Vibrant View of Human Rights Exhibit

Attending school during the summer can be tough. While many people are out enjoying the sun and relaxing, you’re stuck inside the classroom. But summer classes don’t have to ruin your fun for the season. As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

We’re going to post one new and exciting activity each day this week, so check back and see how you can enjoy your summer at ESLi at WKU.

Vibrant View of Human Rights Exhibit

The Kentucky Museum is hosting an exhibit, featuring the work of artist, Alice Gatewood-Waddell, and residents from the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

There are twelve pieces of artwork on display, each piece corresponding to a month of the year and featuring a human rights issue that in particularly relevant to that month. The exhibit is open on Saturdays, so you can check it out during the weekend!

january2The human rights issues recognized in the exhibit are:
January – Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
February – Black History Month
March – Women’s History Month
April – Earth Month
May – Foster Care Month
June – Stand for Children Day
July – Kentucky’s Fallen Soldiers
August – Brown v. Board of Education
September – National Peace Day
October – Bullying Awareness Month
November – Native American Heritage Month
December – Human Rights Ornaments

The Vibrant View of Human Rights Exhibit is taking place at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM — 4 PM from Tuesday, May 31, 2016 to Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Check back tomorrow for another exciting event you can enjoy this summer!

Seven Social Customs to Remember as an International Student Studying in the United States

Every culture has its own unique set of social customs that are considered normal. International students often find themselves unfamiliar with these customs and can have a difficult time adjusting. The following is a list of common American social practices that, while they might not seem important to someone from away, can seem rude or inconsiderate if ignored completely.

Clean Up After Yourself at Home

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If you live on campus at a dormitory or in an off-campus apartment, chances are you have a roommate. Cleaning up after you cook, picking up your dirty laundry, and being considerate of your shared living space is important. No one wants to live with a slob.

Be Kind to the Environment

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Say Thank You

Itenhanced-buzz-22221-1371681860-27 may not seem like much, but these two words can make a world of difference. Saying thank you communicates appreciation and is considered polite. If someone holds a door open for you, picks up something you dropped on the floor, or even just makes your coffee at the coffee shop, say thank you. It’s a simple way to make someone else feel appreciated.

Share Space on Your Commute

14sw043_Courtesy_Campaign_bag.jpgIf you ride the subway, a city bus, or a campus shuttle, you know how crowded it can get. The air is stuffy, nobody’s comfortable, and every time the bus lurches, you fear you might fall in the floor. Still, it’s important to remember that everyone around you is as uncomfortable as you are. If you’re taking up two seats with your bags and there are other passengers standing, that’s considered rude. After all, the seats are made for people.

Respect Quiet Places

DSCN3482Libraries, computer labs, and classrooms are full of students trying to read, study, and work on homework. If you and a group of your friends are laughing, talking, and making a lot of noise, chances are you’re distracting the people around you who are trying to concentrate. If you want a place to hang out with your friends, try the Student Union, a restaurant, or somewhere outdoors. Computer labs and libraries are definite quiet zones in America.

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In some parts of America, people will wonder what’s wrong with you if you aren’t smiling. When we pass strangers on the street, we often make eye contact, smile, and nod. When someone lets us out in traffic, we smile and wave. It’s considered common courtesy. Smiles are contagious. You can turn someone’s bad day around just by smiling at them. Try it!

 

Respect Other Cultures

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The greatest part about international study is that different cultures get to come together and experience one another. Though there may be many differences between us, we are still very much the same. Be kind to one another, and respect your differences, because they’re what make you unique.

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