Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an international student? Our guest student blogger, Agota Santha, will take us through a day of her life as an international student at Trocaire College in the United States…
5:00 a.m. The alarm goes off. It takes me a couple of minutes until I realize that it is Thursday. I am in my room in the Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, and today there is a midterm in my World Literature class.
At 6:20 a.m. I am on the bus going downtown, and I think of the day when I got the news about my scholarship and visa being approved. I can still remember the huge curiosity about how it would be studying in the United States of America, in a country, which is called the land of opportunities. I can still remember my Mom’s smiling face and encouraging eyes when I was explaining to her the Hospitality Management field and all I can become by graduating from Trocaire College. I did not even know at that time, what a chance I had just received.
While I am waiting for my transfer bus at 7:00 a.m., different things come to my mind that happened to me since I left my little village six months ago. The first day of school I was literally drinking the professors’ words, trying to understand what A, B, C (back home we use 1-10 for grading) midterm and moddle etc. meant. Students confused look, when I introduced myself coming from Romania, yet being Hungarian, or my funny accent, which sounds Russian to everybody.
Getting close to the Russell J. Salvatore School of Business and Hospitality building, I am looking out the window of the bus and I am still amazed by the sizes of the buildings, the distances, highways with speeding cars, and the advanced technology of this new country. I suddenly feel so small in this big world, which to some point is similar to Transylvania (part of Romania) yet totally different.
In my class at 8:00 a.m., I get to learn new and interesting concepts about an industry I barely knew before. It turns out that my extremely diverse, friendly and helpful American classmates are also professors to me, teaching me how to look at the bright side of things, how to overcome obstacles, and how to just simply enjoy life. Here studying is teamwork and everyday is a challenge to improve myself. On my break, I participate in the Hospitality Club meeting, which fulfills my social needs. Watching these fellow students working on community service projects and social activities, I realize that Trocaire is like a big family and my home away from home.
Once I get done with my classes around 1:30 p.m. I head over to Choate Campus to start working in the Human Resource Office. Here I experience what it is like to work in an educational environment, where employees truly do focus on students. As usually, today I feel proud to be part of this work place where differences are appreciated and everyone works together.
At 4:30 p.m. I get to my volunteer place and start helping with serving dinner for people in need. This is a whole new aspect of my life, a growing intention of making others’ lives better, just as people around me do with mine. While I am cleaning tables at the end of the dinner, one person before leaving looks at me and says: “Smile!” My eyes all of a sudden get water and I give thanks for every message I am supported with.
11:45 p.m. I am lying in my bed, thinking about tomorrow. It makes me excited to know that every day while I am here, I can grow. I just wish there was more than 24 hours a day…