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Rimsha Masood

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Home Country: USA/Pakistan
Major/Minor: International Relations
Graduation: May 2016

Why did you choose JMU?

JMU was one of the many campuses I toured during my college visits. However, it was the only campus I visited where I felt I fit like a puzzle piece. The energy received from this campus matches the energy one needs to be constantly motivated, have a sense of belonging, but most importantly to feel like they have a home away from home. 

What is your favorite class?

My favorite class is all of my general education courses. Once you have a couple of semesters under your belt, you start to have all the same classes as the people in your major. Although they are awesome, I feel that my general education courses always allow me to meet new people and challenge me to think outside of the political science bubble I am always in!

Besides studying, how do you occupy your time?

My favorite thing to do is eat! I am currently learning how to cook, so I’m always trying to make something magical happen in the kitchen. I also enjoy being at Carrier Library because of the amount of people I come across while I’m there!

What clubs/activities are you involved with at JMU?

I am involved in 3 different organizations – SafeRides, Phi Alpha Delta, and Virginia21. SafeRides is an organization that ensures JMU students a ride home on the weekend, Phi Alpha Delta is a pre-law co-ed fraternity, and Virginia21 is a non-partisan political organization on campus!

What do you like best about JMU?

My favorite part of JMU would have to be the amount of acceptance and positive attitudes in the students and faculty that I’ve come across. There are all types of people: those who haven’t been exposed to cultures other than the American culture to people who have been exposed to many different cultures because of living in a diverse area of the United States or abroad. Even with the different ranges of experience, I have always been treated with respect and positivity when inquired about heritage, culture, or religion. And informing people about different cultures and religions they had no idea about is always fun!

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

I would say do not be scared of a lack of diversity! The diversity on the JMU campus is abundant in every form of the word you can think of. This is one of those places where everybody you approach is going to be helpful, friendly, and inviting! Also, I would say do not be scared to bring your originality or unique sense of style. The style on our campus is very broad!