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Why did you choose JMU?
I choose JMU because it was the school I felt most comfortable in as a senior in college. While the school was “big,” the students were very friendly and welcoming and had an energy that I never felt at the other schools that accepted me. JMU also was very straightforward about their costs and paths to graduation. They really focus on undergraduate students and are quite good at recognizing individual initiative.
What is your favorite class?
That’s a difficult question! All of my classes have been great! POSC 240 – Comparative Politics I think is my all-time favorite because it not only taught theoretical concepts, but also applied them to current challenges in the world. The readings weren’t limited to a textbook; we also read non-fiction and literary works. The professor who taught the course also gave great lectures and involved the class. If I had to make a short list, I’d also include HIST 330 – US Diplomatic History, POSC 230 – International Relations, and POSC 370 – US Foreign Policy.
Besides studying, how do you occupy your time?
Indiana Pacers basketball. I am a diehard fan of the Pacers organization, their players, and their culture of hard work. Roy Hibbert is my favorite active player in the NBA. I also like David West’s attitude, Paul George’s dedication, and Lance Stephenson’s ability to turn games around through force of will. If I graduated and was given a million dollars, I would definitely make sure I bought courtside season tickets.
What clubs/activities are you involved with at JMU?
Currently, I’m involved with the Breakdance Club. I’ve also been a part of the Chinese Student Association, the Taekwondo Club, and the Korean Student Association.
What do you like best about JMU?
The opportunities. For any given major, there are tons of opportunities for leadership, professional development, and out-of-class learning. Even the Honors Program lets you apply and enter even if you are not selected as an incoming freshman. You need to put the work in, but your work pays off. You can definitely develop your leadership skills here both in your major and through student organizations. The faculty and staff want you succeed.
What advice would you give to international students who are considering studying at JMU?
Identify what you want to do in the future and what you are looking for in an institution. You are in college for four years; pick the environment that you feel happiest in. Choose the “fit,” not the brand. No matter where you go, there is going to be an adjustment process. That process is far easier if it is in a place you enjoy being in. Also, do not limit yourself when it comes to making friends. You never know what you will learn from other people.