Meet Current International Students

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Daniela from ColombiaDaniela from Colombia

 

Meet Daniela

Why did you decide to study outside of your home country?

When I was younger, some of our vacations were to the States. Ever since my first trip, I have wanted to come study here. I have always had the desire to learn the language and learn more about the American culture.

How did you choose Murray State University?

A few of my relatives came to Murray State University to pursue their master’s degree. They had nothing but good things to say about the university as a whole, as well as the environment in Murray, Kentucky. After hearing about what they had to say, I began to look more into the university and what the ESL program had to offer. When I graduated high school, I wanted to improve my English and I was impressed by the curriculum in the program and the affordable prices. A small city was also a great aspect because I thought that would be best for me in the transition of leaving home at the age of 17.

Why did you choose to study biology?

Ever since I was little, I have always been intrigued by the human body and how it operates. This is why I chose to study biology. I have had many different opportunities to volunteer in medical missions growing up. I feel like I can achieve my goal of helping others through improving their healthy by obtaining a degree in Biology. After I finish my Bachelor’s degree at Murray State, I want to continue my education and attend medical school here in the States.

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Murray State University?

I love the community. You can walk around campus and everyone is so friendly. The class sizes are small, but I feel like you can learn better in that small environment, and there is a relationship with the professors. When you get the opportunity to have that relationship with your professors, the experience is more enjoyable. They truly care about your success, not only in your professional career but also in your personal life.

What is your favorite thing about Murray State University?

One of my favorite aspects about Murray is the diversity. During my time here at Murray State, I have been able to meet people from all over the world. Also, Murray State University has given me the opportunity to get involved on campus and hold different leadership positions in the different organizations. It has had a big impact on my personal growth.

How is studying in the USA different than Colombia?

Unfortunately, I cannot compare USA and Colombia because I came to the states straight after my high school graduation. I know the colleges in Colombia do not have dorms like here in the States. I got to experience the college dorm life for three years. I lived in Elizabeth College - Lizo, you know - and it was a great experience. Each residential college has the sense of family environment. That is really comforting to have when you enter the atmosphere of college life.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from Murray State University?

After I graduate, I plan to attend to medical school. I want to pursue a medical degree and hope to become a successful pediatrician.

What was the biggest challenge that you faced as a new student?

When I first arrived at Murray State, I did not speak English. Not being able to express myself was definitely one of the biggest challenges. The people at Murray made this transition very smooth though. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. After a few months, Murray State felt like home.

What would you tell students in Colombia who want to study in the US?

As my chapter at Murray State University is coming to an end, I begin to realize all the opportunities Murray State has offered me. These opportunities have opened so many doors while I was a student and provided different opportunities that will benefit my future. Being a student here has enabled me to become a well rounded person. It can feel daunting to take those first few steps in your professional career, but anything is possible if you set your mind to it. I often thought that studying in the United States was impossible, but the opportunity and scholarships provided a way for me to achieve my dream.

Are you a member of any clubs or student organizations?

  • Member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Fall 2016- Present
  • Member of Tri Beta Biology Honor Society
  • Member of Pre-Health Professionals
  • Member of Executive Board Up Til’ Dawn Murray State University.
  • Member of ISO- International Student Organization at Murray State University
  • Member of Residential College Council as an international representative 2014-2016.
  • Vice President and founder of Rotaract Club at Murray State University 2015-present.
  • Member of Sigma Alpha Lambda 2015-Present
  • Member of Diversity Council at Elizabeth College 2015-2016
 

Dibash from NepalDibash Acharya from Nepal

 

Meet Dibash

Why did you decide to study outside of your home country?

I have always seen myself as active and more flexible person in new environments. And I always have hunger to know new things. For this I wanted myself to expose internationally. And this has turned into good decision for me. I am getting things that I deserve.

How did you choose Murray State University?

After I came to know that Murray State University have international students from more than 76 different countries I guess. I started thinking about it. After researching and consulting about this University with advisors, teachers and peers I found it as best place for me both academically and socially. Environment is safe and people are so kind.

Why did you choose to study computer science?

Luckily, I was able to play with computers when I was kid. I used to spend my childhood days surfing internet and playing video games. As I grew up, I saw myself into this and thought to start career in computer science being game developer.

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Murray State University?

I see myself as extrovert. The thing I love about Murray State University is its environment where you will never think that you are far from home. People are helpful. I believe the best source of knowledge and leadership is experience. Studying at Murray State University has been a great experience for me.

What is your favorite thing about Murray State University?

Student organizations and sports activities are my favorite thing here.

How is studying in the USA different than Nepal?

I found it completely different. Ratio of student to teacher is very low. Teacher uses different technology for better understanding. We can involve more with faculty joining organizations. Teachers focuses more on creativity and try to make you involve more as possible.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from Murray State University?

I came here to expand my vision. After I graduate, I will try to use and express my vision by joining some companies for a while. I need this because for me experience is best source of knowledge. And I need knowledge to do something for my country and to bring change in it.

What was the biggest challenge that you faced as a new student?

The biggest challenge that I faced was accent of English language. I knew English and could talk and speak but accent was main problem.

What would you tell students in Nepal who want to study in the US?

I would say that they should know information about US universities. Which means they should ask their advisor and try to make clear yourself by collecting good information. Asking friend who are studying here will be better option.

Are you a member of any clubs or student organizations?

Yes, I am. I am involved in Association of Computer Machinery (ACM), Residential College Council of Hart (Hart RCC), International Student Organization (ISO), Nepali Student Organization (NSC) [ NSC is not official but we do fun stuffs and gathering] and few more.

 

Dilmurod Ikromov from UzbekistanDilmurod Ikromov from Uzbekistan

 

Meet Dilmurod

My name is Dilmurod Ikromov. I come from Uzbekistan. I pursued my Bachelor’s Degree at Andijan State University in Uzbekistan. I majored in teaching English as a foreign language. I have always been passionate about teaching languages. My passion brought me to Andijan Development Center, a local language learning center where I taught English to different age groups and levels for over three years. Currently, I am a graduate student at Murray State University, majoring in HDL.

Why did you decide to study outside of your home country?

Studying abroad was my childhood dream. In 2014 I came to the USA as a Summer Work and Travel exchange program participant. That was when I had a chance to visit several schools in the USA where there were a lot of international students. Having seen the many opportunities they had to learn and to grow personally and professionally, I decided that I would definitely go to a graduate school in the USA.

How did you choose Murray State University?

I heard about Murray State University from a graduate student at Murray State who previously went to the same school with me in Uzbekistan. She told me about how great the atmosphere was in Murray, how professional the staff were, and how engaging the classes were. I applied for three schools in three different states to have some options to choose from. Luckily, I was admitted to all three schools. I chose Murray State University out of the three options I had since they granted me the International Leadership Scholarship. Above all, I was very impressed by how attentive, helpful the staff were at the International Student Admissions Office by responding to my emails very quickly, answering my questions fully and clearly. They proved that they do care about each and every international student here.

Why did you choose to study HDL?

As I mentioned earlier, I have a huge passion for education since it can bring light and happiness to the lives of millions of people out there. The HDL program at Murray State University offers great opportunities for those who would like to be in leadership positions in broad range of spheres including education. Ever since I started classes in the department, I have been learning a lot from my professors and getting the right tools to create, lead, and administer educational programs.

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Murray State University?

I enjoy every second of my student life at Murray State since it has been giving me an opportunity to grow professionally and personally. The classes are really challenging. The professors encourage you to take your professional and personal life to the next level and they give you the confidence to do it. After each class I am pleased because I feel the sense of achievement.

What is your favorite thing about Murray State University?

One thing I really love about Murray State is its diversity. There are a lot of students from different countries, states which allows you to learn a lot about diverse cultures and expand your horizons of thinking. The exposure to diverse cultures also encourages you to be more open-minded.

How is studying in the USA different than Uzbekistan?

In the USA, since most schools welcome international students, the student body is so diverse that you will intentionally or unintentionally learn to look at things from different perspectives. Apart from that, I personally learned to make decisions about my life independently.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from Murray State University?

After graduation, I would love to perform an internship at the UNO Headquarters to gain some experience in leadership so I can apply my knowledge and experience to contribute to the development of my country.

What would you tell students in Uzbekistan who want to study in the US?

I would say: “Do not be afraid to dream big and to break the shell of your comfort zone. Dreams always come if you work hard and smart”.

Are you a member of any clubs or student organizations?

I am a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

 

Suraiya from BangladeshSuraiya Shammi from Bangladesh

 

Meet Suraiya

Why did you decide to study outside of your home country?

The desire for in depth knowledge was the trigger point & for which undeniably USA is the best choice. Also, I believe by studying in USA I will be able to gain global understanding which will help me to bloom into fullest potential.

Why did you choose to study Mass Communications/Public Relations?

As I have completed MBA with major in marketing, I found Public Relations to be very much interesting one to dive into. Also, by exploring the faculty and future career prospects, I became determined to study this area. Besides, this program is accredited by Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, which makes it more lucrative to study.

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Murray State University?

Murray State University is a place of greenery where one can surely enjoy its natural beauty. Even its friendly environment will make you much comfortable to adopt USA life. In short: Life is Colorful in Murray!

What is your favorite thing about Murray State University?

My favorite thing includes Multicultural life & outstanding faculty. In fact I am getting to understand few languages which I believe can have great impact in my future development.

How is studying in the USA different than Bangladesh?

Differences include fewer class sizes, open discussions & real world practices which provide a new perspective to look around the world.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from Murray State University?

I am planning to gain hands on experience from a renowned PR firm. After that I will go for PHD in my field.

What would you tell students in Bangladesh who want to study in the US?

I would suggest “take the moment and make it for your future”. US is a land where hard work pays off. And, to gain competitive advantage there is no alternative for in depth learning.

Are you a member of any clubs or student organizations?

I worked with Murray State News & recently became the member of Academic Honor Society –Phi Kappa Phi.

 

Joao from BrazilJoao from Brazil

 

Meet Joao

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Murray State University?

I enjoy the relationship with the teachers. They are here to really help you, and since the classes are not too big, you get to know them on a personal level if you wish to. Also, the opportunities to be involved on campus. There are many clubs and organizations around campus that everyone can choose from.

Why did you choose to study international relations?

I have always been interested in other languages, other cultures, and the interactions that happen between countries. I think it is an amazing area, where you get to travel around and learn to view issues in different angles.

What is your favorite thing about Murray State University?

The campus size is one of my favorite things. It’s not too big that you have to walk long distances to go to class and you don’t recognize anyone, but it is also not too small where you see the same faces every day.

How is studying in the USA different than Brazil?

The biggest difference is how in the U.S. students are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities and how valuable those are in searching for a job. In Brazil, the load of hours you take is huge so you hardly ever have time to do things outside of the classroom, and when you graduate, most extracurricular are not considered when you look for a job.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from Murray State University?

In the short run, I plan to get a job in the U.S. for a few years. In the long run, I want to go back home and apply to the grad school of diplomacy in Brazil and become a diplomat, foreign agent, etc.

What was the biggest challenge that you faced as a new student?

The biggest challenge by far is to meet people. You must put yourself out there, introduce yourself to people, go to gatherings, events, etc. Many international students are afraid to introduce themselves to people, or they stay most of the time in their rooms, which makes it real hard to meet new people.

What would you tell students in Brazil who want to study in the US?

The biggest thing is to start early and be well organized. You have to meet the various deadlines, send in paperwork, documents, past grades, get your passport, visa, and many other things. It’s overwhelming at first, and a mistake might not allow you to travel, so try to be on top of it and early.

Are you a member of any clubs or student organizations?

I am the vice president for the Model United Nations Club, and I am a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

 

Aydan from AzerbaijanAydan from Azerbaijan

 

Meet Aydan

Why did you decide to study outside of your home country?

I always wanted to study and work abroad. When I was 17 I went to a high school in Florida and stayed with a host family. I loved the States after my exchange year so I decided to return to get my bachelors degree. It was one of the best decisions I have made because Murray State is an amazing university with great teachers and lots of things to do for internationals.

How did you choose Murray State University?

I loved the welcoming atmosphere and teachers that I met have been very nice and helpful. Being from a city myself I thought that living in a small town like Murray would be a challenging experience but I was wrong. It has been a great 3 years and people I have met have impacted my life in the most positive ways.

Why did you choose to study international business?

I like travelling and meeting people from different countries and hope to work and live abroad. I hope work overseas for the US or in the US for overseas.

What is your favorite thing about Murray State University?

Beautiful campus, great professors and interactive classes. People are very friendly and welcoming in Murray. Great Beginnings was a fun time. I recommend incoming international students to take advantage of that in order to meet people and get to know the campus.

How is studying in the USA different than Azerbaijan?

There are more opportunities and flexibility. Academics are very organized and there is always somebody to help you out including professors, TAs, advisors or even upper classmen.

What would you tell students in Azerbaijan who want to study in the US?

Definitely go for it and be open to new possibilities. Meet as many people as you can in the beginning of the semester. Join clubs and organizations and be active.

Are you a member of any clubs or student organizations?

I am a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and I work as a desk worker at White Residential College.

 

Jinseok from South KoreaJinseok from South Korea

 

Meet Jinseok

Why did you decide to study outside of your home country?

There are many universities in South Korea, but I wanted to learn English and also complete my studies in English. Also, the US is well known for its business and accounting programs so I felt that a degree from here would aid me in my future career.

How did you choose Murray State University?

I found out about Murray State University through my university in Korea. They have dual degree program. I applied to the program to learn more about my major, accounting and English.

Why did you choose to study accounting?

Accounting is an interesting field because of the tremendous responsibility that accountants have to ensure that transactions are accurately reported. Also, I love numbers. This is why I chose accounting.

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Murray State University?

Murray State is a great place because there are so many students from around the world that you can get to know. Also, the people in the community are happy to meet international students.

What is your favorite thing about Murray State University?

I really enjoy the meeting a variety friends from different country. It is interesting and exciting to learn different cultures.

How is studying in the USA different than South Korea?

It’s easy to get to know your professors here. Also, students ask lots of questions during not only class time but also professors’ office hours.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from Murray State University?

I am planning to find a internship experience when I graduate with an accounting firm.

What would you tell students in South Korea who want to study in the US?

My best advice is “Don’t be afraid”. Come here and study. Enjoy the opportunity to study in the US.

Are you a member of any clubs or student organizations?

I was president of Murray State Korean Student Association. I am still helping the organization.

 

Davaasuren from MongoliaDavaasuren from Mongolia

 

Meet Davaasuren

Why did you decide to study outside of your home country?

I wanted to meet a diverse range of people and study and learn differently.

How did you choose Murray State University?

I was an exchange student in my senior year at Calloway County high school. So, I was already in Murray and my host mother works at Waterfield Library. Therefor I got an opportunity to meet some professors and go to campus events. And I liked the people and the area so I decided to stay.

What is your field of study? Why did you choose to study this?

I am majoring in Accounting. I chose it because it is a language for business. So, I thought if I could learn how business people communicate and share information it would open more doors for me.

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Murray State University?

I like how everyone is willing to help everyone as much as possible.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from Murray State University?

I would like to obtain an internship so I can see how accounting works in real life. Also, I want to get my Master’s degree and become a CPA. However, I think in the long run I will go back to Mongolia.

What would you tell students in Mongolia who want to study in the US?

I would tell them it is a challenge but it’s worth it. They can learn a lot more than just academic skills and English, so be spontaneous and adventurous. Also, you will be able to network with people from all over the world.

Are you a member of any clubs or student organizations?

I am a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society student organization.

“It has been some of the most memorable years of my life! I received a great education and met wonderful people. Murray State is a very welcoming place and I am grateful to everyone who helped me to come this far. I am honored to be called Murray State Alumni.”

 

Kimaya from IndiaKimaya from India

 

Meet Kimaya

Tell us about yourself:

I am an avid reader with an active imagination, and a Master’s student of English Literature, who hopes to make a difference in the world using literature and language.

Why did you decide to study outside of your home country?

In my home country, research in my field of study (English Language and Literature), is not as progressive, and certainly not experimental. While the education is intense and comprehensive, there are limited options, which is why I decided to pursue my graduate degree in English Literature in United States.

How did you choose Murray State University?

The English Literature program at Murray State University offered me the flexibility I was looking for, in terms of concentration and courses of study. Moreover, it offered me courses in American Literature as well as British: since I’d never had the opportunity to study American Literature before, but had always wanted to, Murray State University was perfect for me. Additionally, it offered a Global Outreach Scholarship (which is granted to all incoming international students at Murray State University), which was like a cherry on the top of the cake.

Why did you choose to study English Literature?

I love reading books- always have, always will-, and also, writing and editing. I chose to study English literature because it’s my passion, and I wish to help develop and understand it and excel in it.

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Murray State University?

At the risk of sounding nerdy, my classes, courses, and of course, the library.

What is your favorite thing about Murray State University?

My course, and of course, the guidance, freedom and encouragement given by my professors to me, which enables me to grow and excel, not just academically, but also generally.

How is studying in the USA different than India?

The education systems of the two countries, at least for my field of study are vastly different. In the U.S., I have to research extensively and write scholarly papers in each of my courses, and have to actually understand the text and formulate my own original opinion. Its not just about passing the exams in U.S., its about actually learning something substantial, and then contributing something more to the existing knowledge. Here, I have the freedom to experiment and formulate new theories, and try to find a practical application for the same outside the world of academia. In India, more often than not, my field of study is restrictive: its exam oriented, and the only students writing and researching are the ones pursuing a doctoral degree. The difference between studying in India versus studying in US is too deep a subject to actually elaborate on any more than I already have.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from Murray State University?

I intend to pursue a PhD in English immediately after graduating from Murray State University. I’m currently applying to quite a few universities for doctoral programs in English, and hopefully, by the time I graduate, I’ll have received an acceptance letter from at least one of them.

What was the biggest challenge that you faced as a new student?

I guess familiarizing myself with the education system. To give an example, my professors conducted discussions instead of traditional lectures, and it was a while before I could come to terms with the fact that the professors actually wanted to hear what I had to say about a particular topic. Also, the extensive researching and writing papers. It wasn’t difficult for me to actually research and write scholarly papers, but it was difficult to juggle the various subjects and courses that I had to research on and for. I hadn’t expected it to be so detailed, and therefore, time consuming.

What would you tell students in India who want to study in the US?

I would encourage them to pursue their ambition, while also warning them not to take the education in U.S. for granted.

Are you a member of any clubs or student organizations?

Yes, I was the Women’s Representative for the Indian Students’ Association for around two semesters, and currently, I’m one of the three Student Vice-Presidents for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

 

Lana from VietnamHoan La from Vietnam

 

Meet Hoan La

Tell us about yourself:

I’m a graduate student at Political Science and Sociology Department, majoring in Public Administration. I would describe myself as an enthusiastic, self-motivated and energetic person. Among my hobbies, I can name cooking, travelling, reading, and enjoying nature. I believe that life is like a coin, you can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. So, I enjoy every moment of my live. I respect every single decision I’ve made. And I am always open to new experiences and challenges.

Why did you decide to study outside of your home country?

I yearned to study abroad because I wanted something new, something different from Vietnamese education system. I applied and received two full scholarships for master degree, one for master in the US and other one in Korea. I chose to study in the US for three reasons: the first is because the US has one of the best education systems in the world. The second is to improve the ability to use English fluently, which is very necessary for my work in the future. Finally, I want to travel across the US and learn more about American culture and society.

How did you choose Murray State University?

I applied for admission of MPA program in different universities. I chose Murray State University because the university was the first one who sent me admission letter. So, I had more time to apply for visa and to prepare before departure. Another reason is that MSU has friendly and responsive staffs. They replied me really quick and provided all information I requested. They made me feel very welcomed. When I came here, I knew I had made the right decision. Even though MSU is not one of the biggest campuses in the nation, the university still provides high-quality programs and is home to a diverse community of students and professors. I believe that it doesn’t matter what ranking of university is or how big the campus is. As long as you put effort in what you want to achieve, you will see the result.

Why did you choose to study Public Administration?

Before I came here, I had worked as a reporter, a researcher in Vietnam for 5 years. However, 2 years ago, through working process, I realized that with the current knowledge, the work targets that I set out hadn’t achieved the maximum efficiency yet. Graduated from an university for journalism, working in a research institution of state policy making and management, although I had tried to self-study and self-improve my knowledge, I still needed to study in a more standard and intensive way. That’s why I decided to study Public Administration which provides me skills and knowledge needed to succeed in public sector.

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Murray State University?

The people at Murray State University are great. There are a lot of students from different countries, which allows me to learn more about the world’s different cultures. MSU’s staffs are friendly and helpful to me. They have provided me needed information and valuable advices. Professors not only demonstrate that they have a deep knowledge and understanding of their subject but also care about their students. I have been lucky to have professors who have seen my abilities and encourage me to be better.

What is your favorite thing about Murray State University?

The thing I love most about Murray State University is Waterfield Library where I have spent most of my study time. I have free access to computers and study materials such as books, magazines, programs, and more at the library. The second floor is perfect place for doing self-study. In additional, the library has free public meeting spaces where I can hangout with my friends.

How is studying in the USA different than Vietnam?

As a person who experiences master program in both countries, I would say that studying in the USA is much different than Vietnam. America uses Canvas, the learning management system, that allows students keep track of study progress. Canvas integrates nicely with so many of the tools that are really helpful to students, such as easy to access course’s materials, tracking your grades, the ability to view the entire semester’s worth of work, the calendar, having the to-do list of upcoming assignments, and so on. The syllabus and assignment design help students understand what instructors expect their students to have learned by the end of the course. That makes it easy for students to perform well in the course. Another difference is that library in the USA open until midnight and 24 hours during final weeks. This allows students to access the library at a time that suits them. Finally, studying in the US also gives students the unique opportunity to work part-time from the moment we arrive on campus. Currently, I’m a Graduate Assistant at Political Science and Sociology Department where I assist and learn from some of the best in my field. Working part time while studying is truly a rewarding experience.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from Murray State University?

I’m seeking an opportunity for higher education. If I can find a sponsor for my studies, I will stay here for a couple of years. If not, I’ll get back Vietnam and continue working for the organization where I used to work for before I came here.

What would you tell students in Vietnam who want to study in the US?

I would say that studying in the US doesn’t just give you tangible degrees. You will receive more than that, such as advancing your English language skills and experiencing intercultural communication. So what are you waiting for?

 

Lana from VietnamLaila Elhidmi from Palestine

 

Meet Laila Elhidmi

“I believe that MSU has ingrained leadership skills and confidence in me. The dedicated faculty encourage students to think critically and to be more well-rounded -- their passion has led to my success.”

- Laila Elhidmi - Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

 

“We have seen Laila grow personally and professionally on the grounds of Murray State University. Our favorite aspect of MSU is the social life it provides. MSU has always presented a welcoming and a loving environment. The opportunities here are numerous.” -Eyad and Arouba Elhidmi (Parents of Laila Elhidmi)

 

Laila's Student Involvements includes:

 Student Member of Greek Life (Alpha Omicron Pi)

 Rho Sigma Kappa: serve as the Vice President

 Member of American Society of Safety Engineers

 Member of American Industrial Hygiene Association

 Student representative of the Mentoring Committee in the OSHA program.