One of the biggest hurdles for an international student to overcome is the language barrier. Luckily, Melissa Gonnord and other international students at UW-Superior have access to smaller classes, so that barrier doesn’t last long.
“With smaller classes, I’m able to easily get in contact with instructors,” Melissa said. “Most are very understanding and have really helped me understand my homework.”
Liking her instructors has given Melissa freedom in her classes and brought her a feeling of ease.
“Not being the best at English when I first came here it was scary,” she said. “Now I know that everyone is available to help me, and I know it’s going to be OK.”
“I love the options I’m going to have for jobs after graduating because ITS has endless possibilities in the emerging computer markets. It’s so much more open,” she said. “Also, I really like the program. It’s so interesting.”
In and outside of her major, Melissa has made friends from all over the world.
“My freshman year, I had a Vietnamese roommate, and I learned so much about that culture,” said Melissa. “I have friends from Brazil and Nepal as well, and I love sharing food with them. It’s great to see how our cultures are so different – everything is so interesting in other cultures.”
Leaving her family was very hard for Melissa to do, but she’s glad she’s decided to come to UW-Superior and found another family here.
“I’m proud of myself for taking on this experience,” she said. “Honestly, I’ve always wanted to study in America, but I thought it would be too expensive. It’s so affordable at UW-Superior, and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without coming here.”
Melissa is still deciding wither she wants to find a job in the Twin Cities or back home in France after she graduates, but she looks forward to starting her career in ITS.
UW-Superior accommodates students of all levels of English proficiency. No matter where you’re at, contact Admissions today to find your future home here.