Why did you choose CMU?
I felt really welcomed after I applied CMU. When I came to the orientation, there was a warm atmosphere around people who work with international students. It was pretty cool to talk with them. I was also granted International President's Award which it helps me a lot. In addition, I was amazed how fast my application was processed.
What do you like most about CMU?
Recently, I've been working at Office of Global Engagement as student assistant. I get the meet and welcome many international students as well as domestic students who are interested in Study Abroad programs, which is pretty awesome. I like eating on campus. My favorite place is Burrito Bowl at Bovee University Center. As a senior at CMU, it's nice to have classes with professors and students who I already took classes with before. Overall, I'm happy with what CMU campus offers for students. There are many places to hang out or eat as well as walk or bike around on campus.
Did you face any culture shock (Academic, Personal, ...) when you arrived in CMU or in the United States?
One of the most shocking thing was realizing how many students are on the campus when I first arrived at CMU. I didn't except this many students would go the classes at the same time. I was also amazed by how many international students are at CMU. I started going to international student events, which has helped me to meet fellow international students.
What resources did you use here on campus to help overcome the challenges you mentioned above?
I would say getting involved with something, such as events or activities helped me a lot to see diversity.
Tell us about any hobbies or activities you enjoy.
I like being involved with events such as Main Stage, Homecoming games as well as International Student Organization events. One of my favorite hobbies is cycling. I feel like CMU encourages students to ride bicycles as there are bicycle parking racks at almost every building.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
A few years ago, I would have easily said USA. However, now that I've been studying and living here temporary, I'd like to visit European counties like Sweden, France, Germany just to see what is it like being there.
What advice would you give to International Students just arriving to CMU?
I'd definitely encourage international students get involve with events like Main Stage, Homecoming games, and International students events throughout the year. Getting involved helps us to make connections between domestic as well as other international students. Not only are you going to learn more about their cultures and traditions, you can make life-long friends at CMU.