Janae Alexander

Country of Origin

Trinidad and Tobago

Level of Study

Graduate; 1st year

Program of Study
Public Health

Why did you choose CMU?
I chose CMU because of the warm and loving interaction I had with the recruiting coach. What solidified CMU for me was the environment and the passion I felt when I communicated with the faculty and staff. I would choose CMU again every time if I had a choice!

What do you like most about CMU?
CMU has truly captured my heart because of the way people respect diversity and interpersonal relationships. I have a great connection with my professors and I can talk to them about anything. I am always accepted, welcomed and loved wherever I go on campus. 

Did you face any culture shock (Academic, Personal, ...) when you arrived in CMU or in the United States?
I have been traveling to the United States for most of like. Culturally and academically it was easy for me to adjust. However, the snow still shocks me after 4 years of being here! 

What resources did you use here on campus to help overcome the challenges you mentioned above?
If I did face an academic challenge I used the Writing Center or tutoring services for help. For financial help, I frequently visited the Student Service Court or the Office of International Affairs. 

Tell us about any hobbies or activities you enjoy.
My social group consists of my peers in my graduate program. I am also a huge food person so most of my free time is spent eating out at different restaurants. I also enjoy being part of Greater Williams Temple where I am a member of the choir and volunteer with youth ministry activities. 

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
Trinidad and Tobago (HOME). My family lives there and they are the most important people in the world to me. I can’t compare the feeling I get from being home to any other feeling in the world.  

What advice would you give to International Students just arriving to CMU?
Step out of your comfort zone. Hang out with people who aren’t from your country, practice the same religion, are of the same ethnic group, etc. Be more than a student. Enjoy every single opportunity you get and create new ones for yourself. Stay grounded in who you are and shine bright!

Fun Facts about Janae

Graduated from CMU in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in community health education.

Has 22 pairs of jeans and 73 pairs of shoes!

Only watches HGTV.

Is an avid consumer of mac & cheese!

Interview conducted by Brianna Hughes, graduate assistant with the Office of International Affairs, Ronan 330.