Mariam Saad

Country of Origin


Level of Study


Master of Science in Administration

What do you like most about CMU?
I love how various and limitless the opportunities are at CMU for students to get involved and meet new people.

Did you face any culture shock (Academic, Personal, ...) when you arrived in CMU or in the United States?
I had and still have feelings of homesickness every now and then, especially around the holidays. As for the culture shock, I faced some troubles adapting to the weather conditions, prices of things I needed, and transportation.

What resources did you use here on campus to help overcome the challenges you mentioned above?
Meeting new people helped ease homesickness and make me feel that I am not alone in this. I also attended the group counseling for international students in my first semester which helped me learn ways to adapt.

Tell us about any hobbies or activities you enjoy.
I love being around friends and people, not to mention volunteering as much as possible. I also love reading and writing. I love music too!

What do you miss most about your home country?
I miss my family and friends, the weather, and of course, the food!

What advice would you give to International Students just arriving to CMU?
Come to CMU with an open heart and mind. Seize this great opportunity to get involved, meet new people, and learn as much as you can while you are here.

Fun Facts about Mariam

Only child

Active member of ISAB (International Student Advisory Board)

Former president of ISO (International Student Organization)

Works as an apartment supervisor through the Office of Residence Life

Participates in many volunteer opportunities through the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center

Interview conducted by Habeebat Diaw, graduate assistant with the Office of International Affairs, Ronan 330.