Tsion Amidie

Home Country: Ethiopia

Major: Sociology

Graduation: May 2018

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Why JMU? 

I fell in love with JMU’s beautiful campus. I could imagine myself spending four years here and making lifelong friends. My research showed that it is an open and accepting campus. It is many great programs and opportunities. So many great student organizations and the chance to start your own if you want to. I have not been disappointed.

What's your favorite class?

So far, Sociology 110: Social issues in a global context. It has given me an interesting view/perspective of the world. The class addresses issues like inequality and the changing workplace. It looks at history, patters and trends and gives an introduction to sociological theories. Sociology is my major therefore I find these topics extremely interesting.

Besides studying, how do you occupy your time?

When I am not busy studying I usually participate in clubs and activities, When I do have free time I love to read and watch movies. I spend time with friends; we go out for dinners, have little get-togethers and so on.

What clubs and activities are you involved with at JMU?

I work part time at the test scoring center and I volunteer at the University Health Center. I am also president of Fostering Abyssinia, which is a fundraising organization for an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We focus on service and leadership as well.

What do you like best about JMU?

I like the people the most. I have met some amazing, inspiring and supportive friends. When you don’t have family really close by, your friends become your family. I am very grateful and lucky to have met them. JMU has given me the opportunity to face challenges and grow because of them.

What is the one thing you wish you had known about JMU prior to arriving on campus?

I wish I knew that it would take time to adjust. I wish I was a little more patience with myself when I felt home sick. When you have never been this far away from home before, it can be scare but also exciting. Don’t let the fear of a new place deter you from experiencing it the fullest extent. Everything takes time.

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