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Stories and Research of the UMN International Learning Community

There are more than 6,400 international students and 1,800 international scholars from 130 world locations at the University of Minnesota. Each of these individuals brings a unique perspective and insights to campus, and they each have their own story and achievements.

International Student and Scholar Services is working with departments across the University to conduct research and collect stories from international students, scholars, staff, faculty, and alumni. By sharing these items and recognizing the contributions these individuals make to the University of Minnesota, we work towards our goal of creating an inclusive and engaged international learning community.

Do you have a story you want to share or know someone we should interview? Submit it here or email isss@umn.edu.

Antony MaikuriInternational Graduate Student Recognized as Top Teaching Assistant

Name:Taha Namazi
From: Iran
School: College of Science and Engineering
"Teaching is a very person-to-person relationship between me and the students; it's an art. [An educator] should be kind. If students don't see that in you, they don't trust or learn from you."
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Antony MaikuriGiving Back Through Getting Involved

Name: Antony Maikuri
From: Kenya
School: Humphrey School of Public Affairs
"Everyone is studying to be someone, to get a good job, to open a business, or get employment, but it is important to always give back to the community, Giving back gives you that motivation, gives you that energy, gives you that aspect of enabling you to see things differently."
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Sreytom TimYes, SHE-CAN!

Name: Sreytom Tim
From: Cambodia
School: College of Education and Human Development
Program: SHE-CAN, a program that connects young female leaders from post-conflict countries with U.S. mentors
"If I were to have stayed in Cambodia, I might have worked in a bank for a low salary and could not make changes in Cambodian society. What I have now is much better than what I used to have. I have a better life, a better education, and, most importantly, a very, very bright future. I could not be here without SHE-CAN and everyone here. They have not only made a huge impact on my life—they have made a huge impact on my society.”
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International Students Experience Thanksgiving Dinner

Today, nearly hundreds of miles west of Plymouth and 400 years after the inaugural event, the International Buddy Program at the University of Minnesota hosts its own Thanksgiving meal. The event gives international students their first taste of the holiday.
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Carrie KuangFrom You Betcha to Kon'nichiwa

Name: Carrie Kuang
From: China
School: College of Liberal Arts
"I come from a more collectivist background. I knew I was coming to an individualistic-dominant country. However, Minnesota surprised me. The behaviors here sometimes resemble behaviors back home or in Japan that are tied to collectivism, so that was very intriguing."
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Lobosch PannewitzAn International, Interdisciplinary Experience

Name: Lobosch Pannewitz
From: Germany
School: Carlson School of Management
Program: University of Minnesota-Freie Universität Berlin exchange program, the UMN's longest continuous exchange program
"I have the feeling that this experience will be a great compliment to what I have back home. I will mix the classes and internship I have here [at the UMN] with my studies back home, and, together, this will make me a more complete person who is ready for all of the challenges out there."

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Melvin CruzEnabling the Future

Names: Melvin Cruz
From: Honduras
School:
College of Science and Engineering
Program:
Global UGRAD, an exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered through World Learning
How one University of Minnesota student is giving a hand to those in need

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Aduramo (Adura) LasodeLeading By Example

Names: Aduramo (Adura) Lasode
From: Nigeria
School:
College of Science and Engineering
“The key to achieving diversity in STEM is not showing that STEM is easy; role models are needed to be proof that success is possible."

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Yang Yang SimJuggling Through Life

Name: Yang Yang Sim
From: Malaysia
School:
College of Liberal Arts
“I can teach you how to juggle three balls within ten minutes and the diabolo within two. You can learn anything and get good at it, as long as you put your mind to it.”

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Nishalan Andran (Nish)There’s an Aplikasi for That

Name: Nishalan Andran (Nish)
From: Malaysia
School:
College of Science and Engineering
“Culture Corp is always about sharing a bit of your culture with other people. I thought that by having a [Malaysian slang] app, people could download it and keep it wherever they go. I had wanted to build an app for a long time, so this was the perfect opportunity to merge those two ideas.”

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Omar Abdelfatah 
and parents (Khaled Abdelfatah and Azza Taher)International Golden Gopher Parents

Names: Khaled Abdelfatah and Azza Taher, parents of Omar Abdelfata
From: Egypt
“[UMN students] are in safe hands and well looked after, with every minor detail in mind, may it be academic, physical, social, or safety issues.”

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Elio Canti and Jing XuWhy We Like the Twin Cities

Names: Elio Canti and Jing Xu
From: Switzerland and China
Program:
GO Minnesota
Last fall, the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) is ranked the best city in America to live. We asked two GO Minnesota students what they liked best about the U of M and the Twin Cities.

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Jiayin (Julia) QianBecoming a Student Leader

Name: Jiayin (Julia) Qian
From: China
School: College of Education and Human Development
“I think it’s important to seize the opportunity and believe you’re the person who can change the world.”
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Morrine OmoloKenyan Graduate Student Accepts Faculty for the Future Fellowship

Name: Morrine Omolo
From: Kenya
School: College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
The Faculty for the Future Fellowship supports women from developing countries as they pursue graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) fields. Omolo is the first University of Minnesota student to be selected by the program.
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A Wet Display of Teamwork

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) iSuccess pre-orientation program is not just about helping new international students get ready for the upcoming school year; it is preparing participants to be student leaders on campus — and on the lake!
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Enoch SunNew MSA At-Large Representative Wants You to #OwnYourAccent

Name: Enoch Sun
From:
China
School:
College of Liberal Arts
"I think one thing that we should all know is that the accent is our identity, and we should be proud of our identity. The accent represents our home country. Moreover, I think every accent represents every single voice in the world. I want to hear these voices."

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Yaeeun ShinWhen A Leader Truly Inspires

Name: Yaeeun Shin
Country: South Korea
A true leader inspires others to become leaders, who in turn inspire others...and so it continues. That's the case with Yaeeun Shin and ISSS's popular Small World Coffee Hour program.
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Hoa Harry Huynh

Reflections From a Graduating International Student

Name: Hoa Harry Huynh
From: Vietnam
School: College of Science and Engineering
"Whenever we see a big challenge—to design a new phone app, build a bridge, find a cure for a disease, or research a better model for the world economy—we don’t think 'It is too hard and impossible.' Instead, we take it with a calm and positive attitude, and we know it’s possible to figure it out. There are no limitations but ourselves."
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Peiyu ChenFour Days, 12,000 Miles, and One Job Offer

Name: Peiyu Chen
Country: China
School: College of Science and Engineering
“The University of Minnesota has made me into who I am today: a strong and confident job candidate who is ready for new adventures.”
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German Students Enjoy Minnesota Nice

Name: Johannes Lenschow and Jannik Reitenbach
Country: Germany
School: College of Liberal Arts
The student exchange between the University of Minnesota and Freie Universität (Free University) in Berlin is the oldest continuous exchange program at the University of Minnesota.
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Khoa Vu

Recent Grad Leaves Impact on International Understanding

Name: Khoa Vu
From: Vietnam
School: College of Science and Engineering
"My work focused on two main aspects of international education: helping students to understand and appreciate differences in perspective and culture, and connecting organizations and departments that share the goal of promoting diversity at the University."
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