Name:                Vincent

Classification:    Graduate Student

Major:               C&I: Public Policy

Hometown:       Umuaka, Nigeria


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

The United States offers a rare opportunity for excellence and breeds an environment void of discrimination. This allows every individual the chance of achieving career and professional dreams while contributing enormously to the wealth of nations. UNI was a choice because of the success I saw in one of my former professors and mentor who is an alumnus. Her works, words, and steps gave me no other option but to crave for an opportunity to be made as fine as her in this wonderful university.


What do you like the most about UNI?

Its simplicity and hidden grandeur makes it wonderful. The school administration and staff are very humble and well versed with the needs of the students. It offers good opportunity for an international student to learn so much about the American culture in so short a time.


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

 member of both social and religious organizations on campus, as well as an elected student representative.


Do you work on campus?

Yes I work as a graduate assistant under the Graduate Program in Public Policy, with effective duty at the Institute for Decision Making, UNI-Business and Community Services.


What is your favorite spot on campus?

I love the writing and design in front of the CME, and the words by Martin Luther King Jnr. are just inspiring.


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

Volunteering in student organizations makes me feel like part of the family here and I know that most students from other countries appreciate the fact that they can have other students to rely on. I am also a Catholic and the St. Stephen the Witness Student Center has provided me with a family base. I even have an Iowan Mum, Kris Klingaman.


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

AWESOME! You better hurry up and come enjoy education, love and life!


How has your academic experience been?

Positively challenging so far, but it never lost the flare of excitement it should bring every student. There is no room for boredom. Even when you study at the Rod Library in UNI its fun!


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

? It was simply an inspiration from an alumnus from UNI who studied Public Policy at UNI.


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

I remember my Coordinating technology in educational Settings class. That class was taught online. The great think that we worked in groups and I met my group every week using skype and google docs. That was amazing. and the last class we gave a presentation about our final project. It was incredible because every member was in different parts of United states.


Complete this sentence:  At UNI, I am… ?

becoming an economic developer and making life-long relationships.