I recently received the latest UHCL student success newsletter from the Dean of Students. It is a well produced two page newsletter full of interesting stories of activities of our students: the community outreach day that attracted students, faculty and staff alike to work with various charity organized, the student who worked with Army for six years, including at Iraq, on how she became involved with student government committee, the "honor the elders scholarship program" that had awarded 141 students for their uplifting stories about how their elders inspired them, etc. It was good reading.
Many of our CS/CIS students are international students. The goals of studying aboard are not only in learning technical skills but also experiencing and embracing a new culture to add a new dimension for a rich and fulfilling life. This is especially important in a globalized world. A deep understaning of other cultures is a crucial ingredient for success. One way is to learn about how other fellow students with completely different background are doing. I thus encourage you to read the student success newsletter:
The latest version is here: 2009 Fall Student Success Stories.
Or better yes, join the student government. I had fun myself doing so when I was a student, hmmm, though that was quite a while ago.