Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Linguistics, Applied

First Advisor

Panayota Gounari

Second Advisor

Kimberly Urbanski

Third Advisor

Tara Parker


This research study explores the transition experiences of multilingual Asian immigrant students as they navigate their first year of college. Focusing on counterstories, this study seeks to shed light on the unique challenges, strategies, and successes of these students in crossing cultural, linguistic, and academic borders. Through a qualitative research design, in-depth interviews were conducted with a diverse group of multilingual Asian immigrant students to capture their narratives and understand the multifaceted nature of their transition. The findings reveal the complex interplay of language proficiency, cultural adaptation, social integration, and academic expectations that influence these students’ experiences. Moreover, this research highlights the importance of recognizing the strengths and resilience of multilingual Asian immigrant students, challenging deficit-based narratives, and promoting inclusive support systems that foster their successful transition to college. The implications of this study extend beyond the individual experiences of these students, contributing to a broader understanding of multilingualism, diversity, and equity in higher education. Ultimately, this research aims to inform institutional practices, policies, and interventions that can better support and empower multilingual immigrant students throughout their college journey.


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