GSO Teaching Fellow: Shatha Alhawamdeh

Meet Shatha Alhawamdeh, a graduate student orientation (GSO) teaching fellow who is pursuing her Ph.D. in translation studies. Read on to learn more about her favorite places in Kent, what she enjoys doing in her free time and what advice she has for incoming graduate students.

Shatha Alhawamdeh GSO teaching fellow

Where is your hometown?

Tafila, Jordan

Why did you decide to come to Kent State? 

I chose to study at Kent State University because of its distinguished reputation, qualified faculty members and student diversity.

What is your favorite place in Kent?

Franklin Mills Riveredge Park and Bent Tree Coffee.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Don't procrastinate on homework. Maintain a regular schedule for studying but don’t forget to set aside time for exercise, sleep, extracurricular activities and socialization. Make friends with your colleagues and other students because friendship is an important factor to enjoy your life as a graduate student. Networking plays a big role in helping you attain your goals, and always try to take advantage of the opportunities and resources provided by Kent State. I believe that grad school is not the end of the road, but rather the beginning of our prosperous journeys.

For international students, don’t panic! You may feel overwhelmed since studying abroad in a different culture or a foreign language can be difficult, but bear in mind that you are not alone. University staff, especially your department staff, are always there to assist and support you. Don’t feel shy and always ask questions.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends, drawing, reading novels and exploring downtown Kent.