Nearly 30 former International English Center (IEC) students gathered in Japan this month for an unofficial reunion in Tokyo. Amanda McCracken, veteran IEC instructor, helped organize the reunion at a restaurant near Tokyo Station.
“The reason for the trip was to reconnect with friends, many of whom I’ve taught. Some of the students had not seen each other in years even though they live in Tokyo,” said McCracken, who was traveling Japan for personal reasons but wanted to organize a student reunion while abroad.
“To my knowledge, there have not been any other IEC reunions outside the U.S. like this and certainly none of this size.”
The IEC, established in 1975, is an intensive English program especially designed for students who are preparing to enter a college or university in the United States.
For some students at the reunion, nearly a decade had past since their enrollment in the IEC. Many of the former students knew one another from their time in Boulder, but some were meeting to the first time.
“I think we all enjoyed seeing friends we hadn’t seen in years,” McCracken said. “I enjoyed seeing students connect who had never met each other but who found joy in connecting through shared CU-Boulder experiences even if they experienced CU at different times.”