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Pamela Sanchez

Profile of Pamela Sanchez in front of a map.

Home Country:  Ecuador
Major/Minor:  International Business with Finance concentration and Asian
Graduation:  May 2015


Why did you choose JMU?

JMU was recommended by one of my advisors in Ecuador since it was among the best universities to study business that offer a safe and friendly environment to International Students.  I knew that JMU was a great place to study because it has a lot national recognition and they were tons of positive comments from students and professors in different rankings inside USA. I fell in love with the campus just by looking at the pictures, and with the food just by reading Princeton’s review about our dining facilities. At JMU you can find good food, awesome faculty, friendly people and tons of opportunities to develop skills that will help in the future. International students know that they have the support of different organizations on campus and the Office of International Programs (oIP), so you are never alone even if I you’re away from home. JMU was the best decision, I knew it then and I’m sure known. It is a great place to study and spend the best four years of my life.

What is your favorite class?

Right now, I will say that Managerial Accounting is my favorite class. My professor is awesome and you learn a lot of things that will help you wherever you work as a business major. It helps you to realize all the tools that you have available to measure and evaluate your work as a manager, but also the work of your employees. It gives you the tools for the future, no matter which field of business you want to concentrate in.

Besides studying, how do you occupy your time?

If I’m not doing anything related to my other organizations as LSA (Latino Student Alliance) or ISA (International Student Association), you can find me at UREC doing some work out or just playing racquetball with my friends. During stressful times, the Club House is my favorite place to be, since you can make some arts and crafts and have tons of fun painting! Oh, and Starbucks at Carrier, best place to read a good book or write something.

What clubs/activities are you involved with at JMU?:

I consider myself a pretty active person and at JMU you always have something to do. Right now, I’m part of “Kijiji: Citizens of Influence”, which meets every Monday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m to discuss about our service projects or to learn more about leadership and how to make a difference as leaders of our community. Also, I do community service at “Ten Thousand Villages”, which is a store that supports fair trade around the world and within the US. It is a lot of fun! I had learnt a lot about different countries around the world, plus I interact with the Harrisonburg Community by volunteering with them!

What do you like best about JMU?

My favorite part of JMU is the people. Since the first day, you know that you’re part of a big, warm and welcoming family. No matter how old you are, where you are from or what do you want to do, you will always see smiling faces holding doors wherever you go. My second favorite thing about JMU is the campus, specially the Quad. It’s the most relaxing place on Earth, where you can sit and eat with friends or just play with the dogs that are around during fall and spring. It’s a gorgeous place to be, believe me.

What advice would you give to international students who are considering studying at JMU?

I know it’s hard to decide where to spend the next four (or less) years of your life, but let me tell you something: I’M IN LOVE WITH JMU. Being away from home is hard, but it’s quite the experience. It gives you the opportunity to know yourself as an individual and meet awesome people. But, if you ever feel like crying, there is going to be so many people making you smile because we are a huge family. Since day one, you will feel accepted and supported, so don’t be afraid of being away from home. It’s THE place to be, because you get to experience things that you’ve never imagine. At James Madison University, you are never alone, NEVER. You will always have the support not only from your peers, but from your faculty and us. In this awesome college you will have the perfect balance between social life, studies and amazing people.  My advice after being here for the best two years of my life is: Take the risk and you will never regret it!!!