For Aline dos Santos Gomes, studying at Missouri State University meant a pathway to her dream job at the United Nations. The best part of studying at MSU was ample opportunities offered by the university both in terms of the perfect match programme, learning about different cultures and the feasible tuition fees.
In this interview with Careers360, Aline dos Santos Gomes talks about how her love for social work and how her dream job launched her in Missouri State University. She talks about flexibility and exposure offered by MSU brought her closer to her passion and helped her learn about herself.
Read below the complete interview:
Q. How and why did you choose Missouri State University?
A. I used a website called College Board that helped narrow down my options. I love all the videos I watched about Missouri State University (MSU) and the tuition fee was feasible compared to other universities. Another reason why I chose Missouri State University, because it offered Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Studies.
Q. Tell us about the campus life at your University. How different is it from the campus life in your native country?
A. I started my undergraduate programme in the US, so I don’t really know much about campus life in my native country. There is so much to do at MSU, the university organises events so students involve themselves in various events and meet new people from diverse background.
Q. Tell us about your choice of career. Which factors influenced your decision to pursue (program)?
A. I love learning new languages and new cultures, and my dream job is to work at the United Nations or become a Diplomat. Whenever I heard about the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program at MSU, I knew it was the perfect programme for me. As the programme incorporates Global Interaction and Identities, Values, Experience and difference in global contexts. The programme trains students learning skills such as creative, critical thinking, language proficiency and Global awareness and concern to name a few.
Q. Do you hold any part-time job? If so, how do you manage your time between your studies and job? Also, how does it help in your education?
A. Yes, I do. I currently work for International Programs Office. My working hours are not more than 20 hours per week. Being a student, having a job and also trying to have a social life can be hard sometimes. However, it really helps you become more organized, and gaining experience is always important.
Q. How is the competition level? How would you describe your experience of studying in a foreign University?
A. It is very healthy competition scenario as hard work is always appreciated. Studying in foreign university is always beneficial. Along with studies we learn about diverse cultures, meet new people and make new friends.
Q. Describe your experience of living in a foreign country.
A. According to me, everybody should experience studying abroad atleast once in their lifetime. There is so much to learn that you never get bored of it. Everyday there is something to look forward to. I have gained insights not only about the US, but also about many other countries, cultures, and most importantly about myself.
Q. How did your institute guide you in terms of exploring career opportunities?
A. There are career fairs every semester held on campus where company representatives come and interview students and give them a chance to possibly have a job before they graduate.
Q. What are your plans after completing the course?
A. After graduating I plan on pursuing the Masters of Global Studies Programs right here at Missouri State University.
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