Where are you from?
I’m from Baguio City, Philippines
What is your major?
I’m in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program
What are the academics like on campus?
The academics on campus are very personalized, which is one thing I like a lot. The classes that I took helped me develop my critical thinking in practical situations, as well as problem solving. Whenever I had a difficult time understanding a concept, the professors always made sure to address the concern and help me out. I have always felt very comfortable in class and never had any hesitation to approach my professors with questions or concerns.
What are your hobbies?
I like listening to music, reading, watching movies, going to the mall, cooking, and hanging out with my friends.
What was Daemen College’s orientation like? What was involved during orientation? How did it help?
I came in as an international student about 4 days before classes started, so I was unable to attend the orientation. However, once I reached here, the staff made every effort to ensure that I was comfortable. Everyone was very helpful in showing me around campus and helping me adjust to the new environment. Everyone went above expectations to help me out during my initial days here. This helped a lot in my integration into the Daemen community, and I am very thankful for that.
Did you enroll in ESL courses? If so, what types of ESL courses did you take? How did they help with your education?
I was not required to enroll in any ESL courses because I have been speaking English since childhood. In addition, communicating in English was encouraged all the time in school back home.
What is your favorite thing about Daemen College?
My favorite thing about Daemen is its size. I like the fact that the campus is small and everything is very accessible and is within convenient reach. Also, the college feels like a close-knit community where everyone knows each other.
Have you participated in service learning? If so what did you do and how was the experience?
I have not participated in service learning here at Daemen. When I transferred here, my service learning credits from the Philippines were transferred over.
How have you been involved on campus?
I started the One World Alliance organization on campus, which dealt with helping international students in assimilating into the new culture and helping them with concerns such as home-sickness and hesitation with approaching the local students and talking to them. I was president of this organization from Fall 2008 to the end of Spring 2009. Also, I have worked in the Admissions office for the past two years as a telecounselor, and as a tour guide.
What is your favorite thing about Buffalo, NY?
I like the fact that we are very close to Niagara Falls. I love visiting the Falls for a relaxing day and hanging out at some spots there, one being the Hard Rock Café. I also feel very comfortable in Buffalo knowing that I am in a safe environment. The summers are good as well because it never gets too hot.
What has your experience at Daemen College been like?
My experience at Daemen has been excellent! Everything from the classes to life on campus and working on campus has been great. Everyone is always so helpful and supportive and this just enhances my experience.
What is the Daemen College Campus like?
The campus is small and very conveniently located. The size of the campus gives me the chance to have everything within reach. I feel very comfortable on campus, knowing that I do not need a car to get from one class to another. I also feel very safe on campus. I have no hesitation to take a walk around campus past midnight if needed. Also, the grocery stores and malls are not far from campus, which makes everything so much more convenient.
How different is education in the US from education in your country?
The education in the US is very different from the education in my country in the sense that the education here is more driven towards developing your critical thinking and problem solving skills, whereas the education in my country is mostly knowledge based. Both forms of education have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on your personality and your learning styles. Personally, this difference makes the education here much more challenging and well worth it.