An Interview with Saladi Shebule
Where are you from?
I am from Kenya, Africa to the United States for a better education and life. After struggling for many years in the country I call home, I realize now why I was going through such hardship in terms of education. I came here with an informal education and I value being in the United States and relish the opportunity for an education.
What is your major?
I came to Daemen College with a clear mind, knowing that I have made a great decision of what I will study. I went through some difficult times in my life which made me want to major in History & Government and minor in pre-law. I have always wanted to be involved in the decision-making process that affects this world.
I have also been interested in knowing how things happen and why, and the effect on ordinary people. We have to be aware of the past issues in order for us to change the world today. I feel that I have many options with this major. I can either be a historian, work with the government (federal, state or local), or go to law school. Currently, my desire is to go to law school and study immigration law.
What are the academics like on campus?
The academics on campus are excellent. It always feels great to go to classes because the material is interesting and professors really care about the students. Professors here are really committed and accomplished in their field of teaching. These qualities give the students a sense of hope for the future.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy exercising, playing soccer and having fun, but most importantly I enjoy doing my school work and pushing myself a little further. I know as an international student, I have to put more effort into my academics.
What was Daemen College’s orientation like? What was involved during orientation? How did it help?
Daemen College’s orientation was amazing. I have met great students from all over the world that I share the same goals with, but who also have different interests and beliefs. Meeting them was the best experience which enticed me to be part of the Daemen College social network. This motivated me to know what I am surrounded with and learn to interact with other students.
Did you enroll in ESL courses? If so, what types of ESL courses did you take? How did they help with your education?
Yes, I have enrolled in ESL courses and they helped me to meet the requirements of college level. Prior to enrolling as a freshmen at Daemen I had taken some reading, writing and speaking courses that have really helped me to write clear and well organized papers, have increased my reading skills dramatically and made me more confident in expressing myself.
What is your favorite thing about Daemen College?
My favorite thing about Daemen is knowing that not only do I live in a environment rich in diversity but that I am also living in a community in which I feel secure. Besides that, it helps me meet my basic needs: financially, with tutoring, and by inspiring me.
Have you participated in service learning? If so what did you do and how was the experience?
No, I have not participated in service learning yet, but I am hoping to do so during my time here. For the reason that, not only do I know this program will allow me to witness the issues that obstruct individuals, but it will also help me develop my leadership skills and how to solve these serious problems. I do not just want to learn these things in the classrooms; I have to experience them with my own eyes.
How have you been involved on campus?
I have taken advantage of every recreational facility such as the gym, the game room and attending any workshop that is beneficial to me. I participate in the History & Government and the Pre-Law Association Clubs. I also make an effort to attend any of the events that are being held on campus.
What is your favorite thing about Buffalo, NY?
There are numerous things about Buffalo that I like, from eating Chicken Wings to visiting parks and other recreational places. I believe Buffalo’s beauty as a region is what attracts individuals globally.
What has your experience at Daemen College been like?
I was able to see and believe the meaning of the phrase “a world of opportunity”. My time here at Daemen College has been phenomenal. Students get engaged in learning new things outside the classroom. These things help make you a better person and also a leader to your peers.
What is the Daemen College Campus like?
Daemen’s campus is unique. The reason for this is because it is very diverse. There is always something interesting going on campus that you just want to get involved. That is what I like the best about Daemen College.
How different is education in the US from education in your country?
Now that I have got the opportunity to experience both countries educational systems, I have found them completely different from one another. I have always thought that governments serve one purpose to its people regardless of education, but I was completely deceiving myself.
In the United States, all children are required to attend schools until they reach a certain age, making it mandatory for every child, while in Kenya it is a privilege to go to school. The education system in Kenya is run by the Central Government and that leaves some of the children behind.