International Students: Share Your Story

Each International Student Has a Face, Each One Has a Story.

What’s Yours? 

Here at International Student Voice, we are on a mission to show that international students are more than just numbers. We know you have your own story and by sharing your story with us, you will help put a face to the word “international student”.

With each story, we can educate others how an international student is just like anyone else. You are a person with a dream and you chose to pursue that dream in the United States.

When you share your story, we will feature you on our social media, electronic newsletters, your school community, and much more!

Sharing your story is easy. Please use the form to upload one photo of yourself and your story in 100 words or less.

Any questions please email Carrie Circosta, Editor in Chief, at ccircosta@internationalstudentvoice.org

Vinicius Martinson, Brazil, University of Florida 

“I arrived in Florida in 2014, barely knowing much about what to expect. Started with my engineering degree and also joined a Brazilian student association. Three years later, I became co-president of that Association, and I began to travel to France, China and all over the US helping to organize student conferences. If you put your mind, focus, strength and go the extra mile, you can achieve anything you want.”

Daiki Yoshioka, Japan, Binghamton University

“I was a rebel. I’m from a low-middle income family and came to the US for liberal-art education, diversity, and opportunity. To prove that individuals from poor backgrounds can realize dreams, I have never wasted time. Not only have I maintained GPA of 3.9, I have also gotten involved in Student Government and SUNY Student Assembly. I attended MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. I will also be presenting at the National Conference for Peer Tutor Writing. In the future, I want to help socioeconomically poor youth to realize their dreams while giving back to my family.”

 

Jahaziel Hiriart, Mexico, Oral Roberts University

“I’m an international student from Saltillo, Coahuila and have been in the U.S. for 13 years. My intention was always to return to my country. Those plans changed with the dangers of the drug war. Instead, I have sought degrees after degrees in my efforts to maintain legal status under my student visa. I am now working on my doctorate. I have not been back to Mexico in 10 years.  It’s hard but I’m thankful I have a community of fellow of international students that understand our journey: the joys, fears, struggles and sacrifices. Never stop celebrating our rich diversity!”

 

Asmita Saha, India, Eastern Illinois University

“I am an international student from India. I have come to United States for pursuing my masters in Clinical Psychology. I made this choice because I wanted to learn in a global setting and get as much exposure as I can. It has been just about three weeks here, and I already feel a change within myself. From embracing the change to accepting different values and belief systems, international education has transformed the lens with which I view the world. The global exposure in my classroom has broadened my understanding and made me extremely aware about everything.”

 

 

Rosa Armstrong, Ghana, Ohio University 

My name is Rosa, ‘Efua’ Armstrong. Living in between Ghana, parts of Europe and now the United States has shaped me in many ways mainly intellectual, professional, and personal. I started out on my graduate journey as a French major but later came to the full understanding that I wanted to do something larger and more impactful as an African than teaching French in a classroom setting. Life happened and I found myself sitting in an International studies class in what would be my second masters degree. Fast forward to today, I have a clearer sharper knowledge of my academic professional goals and I find myself constantly defending and delivering social commentary bordering on the importance of an unwavering identity and understanding of self and heritage. Being a language major, I have always known that a person can never adequately draw comparative conclusions with anything foreign or external if they do not first have an understanding of self. Though slightly paradoxical, studying in the United States gave me that deeper understanding of self and the need not to blend in but to stand out no matter the implications of the word ‘different’.

Minh Nguyen, Vietnam, University of Wyoming

I have a passion for improving my communication skills, especially in public speaking. Since joining Toastmasters International in 2014, I have participated in and helped organize several public speaking contests to promote the importance of better communication in our local community. The network this organization has is extensive and I have been fortunate to meet a lot of great mentors here, leading to me earning multiple communication and leadership awards. The highlight of my membership is working together as a team of club officers, we have accomplished the Toastmasters President’s Distinguished Club Award, the highest honor a club can receive.

Evan C.Y. Ng, Malaysia, University of Tulsa Evan C.Y. Ng, Malaysia, the University of Tulsa 

I’m a fifth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent, born and raised in my beloved country Malaysia. I love my Chinese culture, but I love Malaysia more than anything else. Before coming to the U.S. I always thought that cultural identity and nationality were two mutually exclusive constructs. However, now I realize that my identity as a Malaysian is based on my loyalty and love towards Malaysia. Preserving my culture while calling myself a Malaysian won’t diminish my cultural identity, instead, it adds value to the diversity of my country. I am and will always be proud to call myself Malaysian.

 

Anju Gautam, Nepal, Western Connecticut State UniversityAnju Gautam, Nepal, Western Connecticut State University 

Namaste! I came to the U.S three years ago from Nepal. I used to be a tour guide and a translator back in Nepal. I love traveling and exploring and learning new things. I came to the U.S to pursue my Bachelors in Business Management Supervisory and Minor in economics. So far I love it here, I have made many friends and experienced this amazing new culture. The education system is very different here from Nepal. During these three years I have had many interactions with people from all over the world and learned a great deal about global business and culture. I do miss home and friends all the time. I hope they are proud of me for being here and doing what I am doing. I love my university. I am also the president of our Entrepreneurial Research Innovation and Creativity  Club here and also a Career Peer Leader. I want to thank my family and friends for their love and support and believing in me. Here in America one step closer to my goal of becoming a successful business woman and economist.Swity Sultana Monni, Bangladesh, International Student Voice Magazine

Swity Sultana Monni, Bangladesh, Eastern Illinois University 

I am an international student from Bangladesh. I have come to the United States for pursuing master’s in Political Science and Government. I had a desire to study in a global environment and familiar with their academic excellence. Although I have started my graduate program from August 2018, I have discovered myself within ample opportunity by getting large research area with innovative research faculty, an ethos of discovery, interactive study, opportunities to integrate knowledge and experience. In a nutshell, it creates a new avenue to work in global politics and to embrace the collective global future.

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