International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


The Impact of Pervasive Technology on the Emotional Wellness of International Students

Thursday, November 14
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Constellation E

With smartphones in the hands of most international students, the addiction to technology, gaming and social media is becoming more and more prevalent - and the numbers reflect this. 60% of college students admit to smartphone addiction. 85% of college males are gamers, and 1 in 8 develop addiction patterns. And, 83% of college-aged students use social media. You may think that this constant online “socializing” would make students feel more connected than ever. The reality, however, is that experts are finding that the more time spent immersed in this world, the lonelier and more anxious students are. This session is going to explore the impact on the emotional wellness of our international students, as technology, smartphones, gaming, and social media play an ever important role in these students’ lives.

Learning Objectives:

Lauren Back Pattison

Immigration Advisor, DSO | ARO
University of Central Florida UCF Global

Lauren Pattison, is a native Floridian and self proclaimed global citizen with international advising experience both in the United States and Ireland. Lauren has worked both in the private and public sectors within international education advising international high school students navigate the international student lifecycle in Ireland to outbound study abroad programs in the US. Currently, Lauren serves UCF's F-1 and J-1 populations as an Immigration Advisor, DSO | ARO.


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John Gradel, MA

Assistant Director, International Student Services and International Admissions
Lock Haven University

John Gradel is an Assistant Director of International Student Services and International Admissions at Lock Haven University, where he serves as a Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer. He received his bachelor’s in Social Studies Adolescence Education and History from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Mr. Gradel received his master’s in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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Jennifer Marks-Gold

Director of the International Student Center
Swarthmore College

Jennifer Marks-Gold is the director of international student center and has been the Primary Designated School Official at Swarthmore College for 10 years. She supports the International Student Population at Swarthmore College which includes, Non Immigrants, Dual Citizens, Permanent Residents, Americans Living Abroad, and DACA/Undocumented students.

She has presented workshops on immigration topics at NAFSA national and regional conferences. Further, she was part of a team that presented on "How to advocate for undocumented students on your campus: steps and resources," Marks-Gold has also planned seminars for groups wishing to learn more about diversity, culture shock, and immigration topics.Last semester she was part of a short film "produced by Rebecca Castillo '20 based on research she and her classmates conducted in Spring 2018 for the Honors research seminar, Latinos and Education, EDUC 153." and participated in a symposium on migration and sanctuary as a panel member searching for sanctuary. Jennifer has also been a presenter to the American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA) on International student visas, regulations, and concerns.

Marks-Gold has a B.S. degree from Drexel University and a M.Ed. from Cabrini College. She also has a Professional Development Certificate from the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany for Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations.


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