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Why U?

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I will not lie.When I told my dad I am joining University of Minnesota,he was a little apprehensive.I got admission offers from some other universities where I could have been closer to some family and the weather would have been less challenging.However my experience here has proven all his fears and some of my own wrong.I am glad I took the decision to join the campus of one of the biggest public research university,and I have been happy ever since.The campus is full of resources for graduate students both in terms of academics and life.The program allowed flexibility for choosing the minor and courses I wanted to take.The international student office offered many programs which allowed me to get more involved in campus life and make new friends.The city is beautiful and the people are nice.The best thing about Minnesota however is its weather..yes no kidding!I am from a part of the world where it is summer for the most part of the year,I experienced spring,fall and winter for the first time in my life and the experience was great.I was surprised to see how people enjoyed every season including winter.Indeed I am looking forward to the next winter because I want to enjoy the winter sports and festivals which I missed last year.Yes,just wear your winter gear,grab your hot chocolate and enjoy winter!:)
In the end I just have to say that I LOVE myU!!

¡¡¡Hola a todos!!!

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Hi everybody!

My name is Marina Uehara, and I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am currently a Master of Social Work candidate at the School of Social Work. The School of Social Work is part of the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

I also work for the International Student and Scholar Services as a student worker, as well as doing my Social Work Field Placement (or also called an internship) at CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicios)

I have been in Minnesota since Fall of 2005. I did my undergraduate studies in Duluth, MN. I went to a school that looks very much like Hogwarts!

An interesting fact about me is that my whole family lives internationally:
My parents who are from Japan currently live in Argentina. My dad is Argentinean like me!
My grandmother still lives in Tokyo, Japan.
And my younger brother, he recently moved to Paris, France!

Feel free to ask me, or any of the other ambassadors, questions about the University of Minnesota student life. We have all been where you are at one point of our lives

And please keep on reading our blogs and asking us questions!!! See you next time!

PS: I love to eat new foods! Here I am with my friend from Ethiopia, eating some Ethiopian food!

Greetings, viewers of this blog

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I would like to start off by expressing my thankfulness to being a member of this group of students who came together to share their experiences as a student of this great campus. It might come as a surprise to some people going to small national universities/colleges around the globe. But even though we are all going to the U, it is my first time to meet most of the students in this group. The U is HUGE, Really. So it took me almost three years to meet this year's group of international student ambassadors (less than 20 students, right?). Imagine how much it would take you to meet all the 50,000 something students going to this campus? Anyways, until you do the maths, let me introduce myself.

Selam (akkam) -- meaning, greetings in Amharic and Afan Oromo -- two languages I speak from my country. My name is Bullo Mamo. I am from Ethiopia, born and raised in countryside close to a town called Wolliso. Wolliso is a small town in Oromia State, 114 km (71 miles) southwest of the Capital Addis Ababa/Finfine (ethiomap.ppt). Upon completing high school, I joined Haramaya University (see map) and graduated with BSc. After working for a while, I went to the Netherlands for my masters, after which I came to the US. I first came to University of California-Davis to do an internship as a part of my masters. I then applied to Graduate School at the U, and am now a third year PhD student in Plant Pathology.

You might ask why on earth one would move from the conducive weather of California to the cold winter of Minnesota? Minnesota offers something hard to get from somewhere else, and the cold weather would not prevent you from accessing that... if you need more justification for this and other questions, please come forward. I am here to help as much as I can while you make an important decision in your life... why to consider the University of Minnesota as a home for your graduate career....

Take care,

Hi there!!

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Hi! My name is Maki Inoue-Choi and I'm a PhD student in Epidemiology in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. I'm so glad to meet you all here and excited to blog about my student life!!

I was born and raised in Osaka, Japan, but I've been in U.S. for more than 7 years so far. Before I started the PhD program, I did my master's degree in Nutritional Sciences in the University of Washington in Seattle. Actually, I first came to U.S. as a visiting clinical dietitian, but then decided to go to a grad school. I also worked in Seattle for a while between master's and PhD programs. So, I have been through lots of changes in my life in U.S.

Plus, I am now not only a student but a mom of a one-year-old girl. I met my husband in the program, got married, and had a baby!! My adviser sometimes teases me I have been through the most major life events during my life as a PhD student :)

My life centers around school, work and my baby. Yes, my life has so much hustle, but so much joy and fun, too!! Hopefully my experience and different sides of student life will help you, or at least entertain you all.

See you soon!

Greetings! Awesome to meet everyone!~


Greetings everyone!!! 大家好~(Dajiahao means "Hello Everyone" in Chinese.) My name is Yizhuo Zhao and I'm a second year graduate student from Changchun, China. I'm currently studying Master of Development Practice (MDP) program at Humphrey School of Public Affairs. MDP program is a global program providing interdisciplinary training to prepare students to address issues of sustainable development.

I really appreciate the opportunity to be an international graduate student ambassador to share my experience and perspectives on studying and living at the U, which I hope can be useful for international students better adapting your campus life here. Minnesota is a really amazing and beautiful place famous for its natural lakes and forests. Although the weather might be cold in the winter, you gonna feel warm because of nice and wonderful people here. The Campus of the U is beautiful and charming, you will fall in love with the architectures, coffee shops, libraries and the nature...

I would like to introduce a little bit about myself here. I graduated from Renmin University of China with major in Economics. I'm very interested on developing countries and development issues, especially the development model achieving social values as well as financially sustainable such as microfinance. Learning about different cultures and people is so fascinating to me, I was being a volunteer in Turkey and I did my internship in Cairo this summer. So I'm really happy to know people from different cultures and countries, we gonna be really good friends! As for my hobbies, I love travelling, making friends, doing yoga and watching movies! Campus life at the U is so colorful that I definitely would write more about in my future blogs.

It's really excited to be an international student ambassador and I look forward to being friends with you guys~Thanks for reading my blog! I will be blogging soon~~

All best,
Yizhuo (Serene) Zhao



Hello everybody

My name is Sehrish Javaid and I am doing my masters in Oral biology from the school of Dentistry.I am a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan.I came to the university of Minnesota last year.My experience here has been amazing.I love the campus and the city.I am excited to be the new International Student Ambassador.I hope my blogs can be of help to the current and prospective international students.

Looking forward to talk to you and feel free to ask me any questions that you might have regarding the university or the city:)


Greetings from Xi!!


Hey there,

This is Xi. I am so excited to meet and talk to you guys here!!

I am originally from China, a first-year PhD student majored in Human Resource Development in College of Education and Human Development. I love music, play the piano, sports, go for concerts and hang out with friends!! Hope you have certain common hobbies with me, LET'S TALK!!

Do you have any questions about the U? the academic program you wanna enroll? tips of surviving in Minnesota in freezing winter??......As an international student ambassador, I will try all my best to help you out for sure!! Just let me know anything you wanna ask or talk.

I am here for you! I am looking forward to talking to you next time!


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