Finding independence is something all college students discover when they leave home and live on their own. Avani Vora always had independence, but moving more than halfway across the world from India into a very foreign culture gave her an independence she had never experienced.
“America and India are extreme opposites on a spectrum – our cultures are so different,” Avani said. “It was a BIG decision for me to come here. Living alone is a completely different experience – especially in a place where everything is new.”
The class Sociology of Gender helped her see a new perspectives and prepare her for the vast cultural differences she would encounter.
“I learned so much from this class because I was like a blank canvas. It definitely ripped off the bandage and immersed me into very deep issues,” she said. “That class changed me, and helped me realize it’s not necessary for one person to be right and the other to be wrong.”
Another thing Avani was excited to learn about at UW-Superior was African culture. Wanting to know more, she joined the Black Student Union.
“The amount of diversity here at UW-Superior is great – I love it. I’ve been exposed to so many great things and have learned how so many other cultures interact,” Avani said.
While Avani came to UW-Superior to break boundaries and barriers, she was just as excited to dive into academics. She boasts a 4.0 GPA all while taking 18 credits, working 20 hours a week, being an Economics and Psychology tutor, getting hands-on as a research assistant and keeping an active social life.
“I absolutely love all of my classes, and I’m getting what I want out of my education,” she said. “Hands-on study and research – real learning. The School of Business and Economics has fantastic resources.”
Avani did her research when choosing a college to attend, and the reason why she decided to Be Superior was because of the small class sizes.
“When you’re an international student, you need the attention of your instructors,” Avani said. “I stand out here, and I was awarded a great scholarship that allowed me to make my time here affordable as well.”
Avani is set on getting her master’s after graduating from UW-Superior with a degree in Management, but she wants to get a good amount of experience working in international business or economics before applying to a master’s program.
With students from nearly 50 different countries, UW-Superior has the second-largest international student body in the UW System. If you want to discover other cultures, talk to Admissions today.