Name:               Cleophas

Classification:    Senior

Major:               C&I: Chemistry and Biology

Hometown:       Kabuye, Kigali, Rwanda


Why did you decide to attend college in the United States? And why did you choose UNI?

I decided to attend University of Northern Iowa because I had a family member who attended UNI, and she did her undergraduate as well as her graduate school here in public health education and she succeeded very well in her classes, and she helped me to come here at UNI and continue college right after I graduated from secondary school in Rwanda after Genocide in 1994.


What do you like the most about UNI?

The most things I like about UNI is small campus compared to other university in the state of Iowa, size of class in term of how many student in class so that it is easier to collaborate among your classmates and get to know each other share culture and other things particularly if you are international student, faculties are very approachable anytime you have a question even besides office hours particularly is English is not your first language in my case it is the third language, helpful sources in terms of academic (tutors, Library, etc..), and hobbies ( WRC, tunnel etc…)


Do you participate in any on-campus organizations or activities?  

 Yes, I am a member of American chemical society (ACS), African Union, and I am also Co-president of Pre-Pharmacy here at UNI each of these organizations we do different activities every semester. For example ACS did great Halloween last fall and I was part of it.


Do you work on campus?

Yes, I do work on campus as a research assistant in Department of chemistry and Biochemistry, Iowa Communication Network as a technician in college of education, and catering dining assistant in commons


What is your favorite spot on campus?

Library where I spend most of time studying between classes, and I also used it to find other sources that related to my classes in order to succeed.


What have you done to help make UNI your home away from home?

To make friends, have host family, and participate in different activities such as CAB activities.


What is the one thing you would tell a new or prospective international student about attending a college in the United States?

I would say that it is really a great opportunity learn academically as well as experience different culture.


How has your academic experience been?

It is been good because I have learned a lot in my fields theoretically and practically.


How did you determine your major… i.e. did you take a class, consult with UNI programs, inspired by someone or something?

? I have determined my major since I was in secondary school in Rwanda where I actually studied Biochemistry that was Biology combined with Chemistry.


Tell us about any great classes or professors that have helped, inspired or challenged you with determining your career path.

Most of my classes were great, but I am going to focus on Organic Chemistry and cell structure and function where I had Dr Ophus, Dr Jeffrey, and Dr Simet these faculties really inspired me to be more interested in this field love it.


Complete this sentence:  At UNI, I am… ?

focusing on gaining knowledge in academic and learning new culture while adjusting it also.