Name:               Catherine

Classification:   Senior

Major:              Accounting and Management Information System (MIS)

Hometown:      Jakarta, Indonesia



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

I and my family did a research on several universities in the U.S., and we decided to pick school that has a great education, environment, safe, and welcoming society. For me UNI has a great business program especially in accounting! But I want to stay in UNI because of the great people that always greet you: warm international students and services as well as welcoming students and faculties that always make me feel happy.


What do you like the most about UNI?

I really love the people and the fact that there are not so much disturbances around while I can still make great life experiences.


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

 Yes, I do! And I’ve always love to do so because it’s fun!


Do you work on campus?

Yes, I do! Working on campus has helped me gain experience and knowledge of how working environment in the United States work.


What is your favorite spot on campus?

I love Maucker Union and Campanile.  I love the cozy atmosphere of the Maucker Union, a perfect place to study and hang out with friends. I also love campanile because it is really symbolic yet a really cool place to relax nearby nature.


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

Being a friend, being a photographer, being a panther. I love making new friends and knowing more about others and their cultures. When we know each other, we become closer like family. I also love taking pictures, because I take picture often I become closer  to my friends, faculties, organizations, and environment. And being a panther: active in joining organization, supporting school, and represent school name. I have helped my friends create an experience in UNI, our home away from home.


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

I Would tell them that I am doing an adventure at UNI. Being in Iowa, UNI, I have a very different life from when I was in my country. I’ve learnt a lot from how people always greet warmly even though they don’t know you, I have witness many differences that each cultures have that I didn’t know before, I learn not to take things for granted. There are many things that I used to assume, but being here in a different place than home, I realize so many things I didn’t know. I am on adventure, to learn other perspectives.


How has your academic experience been?

It has been great. Sometimes it might be a lot of work, but there has always been support. Friends and faculties always help me. I got close to several professors who are willing to chat like my own friends. This is weird for me, but it is true and it’s great!


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

At first I was majoring in Finance Management, after I took my first accounting class at UNI which was Financial Accounting and an Intro to MIS class, I realized I’ve never thought of these fields and I like it much more than finance, so I switched major. Besides, when I went to career fair these fields have much more opportunities for jobs. And for plus points, UNI has one of the BEST accounting department. The person who inspired and supported me the most was my aunt and uncle who works in IT and Accounting.


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

I have a professor and friend in the economic department. At first I thought his class is hard and challenging for me, but he has always been a great source for questions and information. In the end of the semester I became close to him and he knows that I love fashion. We chat several times about our lives and interests. He has changed my mindset about how professors’ and students’ relation should be, it should not be autocratic or stiff, but in fact it should be open and friendly, and I have never found this in my country.


Complete this sentence:  At UNI, I am… ?

A rainbow (^ _ ^ ) at least I’ve always been saying I am. I love having fun, learning new things, being a part of a community, making experiences, performing, photography, many things, that bring me to the conclusion that I am a rainbow J and I would love to make people and the world smile too!