Student of the Month: Dema Issa - Ramallah, Palestine

Interviewed by: Lansing Bryan

Dema Issa - Ramallah, Palestine

Dema Issa is from Ramallah, Palestine. She came to Green River in the fall of 2013 for the 2 + 2 program. Her goal is to transfer to the University of Washington and major in dentistry.

Dema is very grateful to her host family for helping make the dream of studying in America a reality. Dema originally came to Washington as a High School exchange student. This is when she met her current host family. She lived with them in a place called Ocean Shores, which as you can imagine is near the Ocean. She had such a wonderful time that she did not want to leave. Her dream was to go to college in America. Dema's host family worked hard to make this dream come true. Her host dad went to Green River and recommended this college. Dema still lives with her host family, but luckily they have since moved closer to the college.

Dema is very active on campus. She's currently an International Student Ambassador which provides a $1,000 scholarship. She helps organize events for student life. Last February she helped with the decorations for Lunar New Year and just recently she organized a trip to the Seattle Art Museum.

"I love my job on campus," said Dema. "My supervisor, Martha Koch, really motivates me. She not only cares about work, but also cares about me as an individual. I also like how many international students there are at Green River. I don't feel like an outsider. All the students are so friendly. The academics are really good. I know I am getting a good quality education here."

Dema wants to make a difference on campus, so she just recently ran for Vice President of the student body government and won!

"I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work as the student body vice president next year. One of my goals is to get student government to be more known and active front stage, and try to get other students to participate in helping make the decisions and changes they seek for a positive college life. As a vice president I want to work towards a stronger communication between the clubs on campus. Green River has many clubs that are unique, but some may not be as well-known as the other clubs, thus if they grow a stronger communication bond then they will be able to be more upstanding and recognized on campus. I will be working with the new student body president Tevin Gladney towards an even better college experience for the current and future students."

Dema Issa helps out at Orientation.

Dema Issa helps out at Orientation.