Amy Bach

Home Country: Vietnam

Major: Computer Information Systems

Graduation: May 2018

Why JMU? 

I never had a chance to take a tour to JMU Campus before getting here, but through the introduction of the study agency, I took a look at the brochure and I loved the campus. I checked out the virtual tour online and I totally loved it at first sight. I was impressed by the ancient yet elegant look of the buildings and how green and environment-friendly it is. Knowing that JMU’s College of Business is one of the top ten best business schools in Virginia attracts a student who aimed to pursuit a bachelor in Business like me. The first day of the orientation week, the LINKers showed me around and I felt in love with the campus even more. I’ve never regretted my choice since then. This is where I’m proud to call my second home.

What's your favorite class?

My favorite class was the WRTC100, Reading and Writing Workshop, taught by Professor Andy Beard. This was the first 3-credit class that I had the chance to take in my freshman year. Professor Andy introduced each topic, each lesson with all the interesting information. She also got the class engaging by giving group presentations and discussions. Thanks to Professor and WRTC100, I get a better standing about different writing styles that would be helpful for me in my future studies in the United States. 

Besides studying, how do you occupy your time?

Classes, homework and club activities occupy my day but when I have free time, I’d like to hangout with my friend. Sometimes, we make a “fieldtrip” to UREC to exercise and stay healthy. I like to participate in the group exercises such as dancing, boxing and Yoga to stay fit and relax my mind. We would go watch movies in Grafton theater as they provide a lot of fun movies for just only $3, not to mention the delicious pop-corn for only $0.50. JMU community with more than 300 clubs and organizations will keep your life busy outside studying.

What clubs and activities are you involved with at JMU?

In my freshman year, my friend invited me to participate in some events of JMU Chinese Student Association and I enjoyed them a lot. I decided to be a part of the association to contribute more. I was working as the Public Relations chair to help spread cultural diversity to JMU Campus as well as to the Harrisonburg community. Working in the association, I have the opportunity to see more people and make connections with JMU professors, faculty and students. I also love to participate in culture shows of variety of organizations and associations such as Asian Student Union, Chinese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association and many more. Being in the shows and helping out, I understand how much effort behind the scene that everyone has to put in. Therefore, I appreciate the opportunity and the efforts even more. 

What do you like best about JMU?

I like the super friendly environment in JMU. I was worried about how my life would be in here but coming to JMU, seeing how nice and how awesome people are here makes me feel like this is my second home. People help each other out, not only in class but you can feel the friendliness everywhere. It does not matter who you are or where you come from, once you are a JMU student, we are all one big family. 

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

I never got a chance to go on campus tour before getting to JMU. Everything I know about JMU was in the virtual tour. From the video, I felt in love with the buildings and the beautiful view of the campus. However, I wish I’d have known about how awesome JMU’s libraries are beforehand. After getting to JMU, Carrier library is my most favorite place on campus. I was impressed by the antique design, the capacity and the resources are being provided here. I always love reading book so Carrier and other libraries are the great resources for me to find any kind of book that I would be interested in. There is also a media library located in the basement in Carrier, which provides variety sources of media such as CD, VCD, movies, radios, TVs and even more. They also host media workshops that present you how to make movie, how to use Photoshop and other media programs, which is very interesting to me, as I love to explore the media world.

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