Student Spotlights is a social media campaign created by the Office of International Student Affairs and the Global Village to highlight the experiences and achievements of international students attending Kent State University! International students, who are interested in participating, answer some questions (home country, fun fact about yourself, etc.) so that we can create a Student Spotlight profile based upon the answers provided! Once your Student Spotlight profile is created, it will be shared on the Global Village social media pages, the International Student Council social media pages, and on this page! If you are are an international student attending Kent State University, and you are interested in being highlighted, please click the button below to complete our Student Spotlights questionnaire.
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Student Spotlight Profiles
Home Country: India
What is something that not many people know about your home country? Kalp explains that, "India is a very harmonious country" and that everyone lives together in a "...cyclic world full of animals, people, surroundings, and families." India also has many religions, as many as 40 languages, and a wide range of beliefs that are all celebrated. Kalp describes celebration as a time where "you have everybody coming together." Lastly, Kalp says that "one of the most important strengths of India and its culture heritage is the unity in diversity." He expresses that this is evident amongst all the different languages and religions!
Major/program of study at Kent State Unversity: Kalp is studying to recieve a dual degree in Architecture and Construction Management
What is your favorite part of studying at Kent State University?: Architecture Library
What is your favorite memory/experience from your time in the United States?: Kalp's favorite experience from his time in the United States was "visiting the lower Antelope Canyon." He says that it was a "breathtaking experience!"
Fun Fact about Kalp: He can touch his nose with his tongue! Kalp also enjoys photography and watching the sunsets from his residence hall.
Favorite event attended through OISA/Global Village/International Student Council: Kalp's favorite event was the Homecoming International Celebration.
Shabnam Moini Chaghervand
Home Country: Iran
What is something that not many people know about your home country?: "Persian food is the best!"
Major/Program of study at Kent State University?: Curriculum and Instruction
What is your favorite part of studying at Kent State University?: Shabnam says that her favorite parts of studying at Kent State are the "supportive faculty" and the "friendly atmosphere!"
What is your favorite memory/experience from your time in the United States?: Shabnam explained that she has numerous good memories from her time in the United States, but her favorite is that she loves how people make her "feel at home."
Fun Fact about Shabnam: "I love singing!"
Favorite event attended through the OISA/Global Village/International Student Council: Shabnam's favorite events were the Game Nights hosted by OISA and the Global Village!
Muhammad Hassan Bin Afzal
Home Country: Bangladesh
What is something that not many people know about your home country?: Muhammad explains that "...as a democratic country, Bangladesh has the longest female-led ruling government in the world in the last fifty years." He says, "I strongly believe that this is a major influencing factor to ensure women's rights to education, job sectors, and political participation in my country."
Major/Program of study at Kent State University: Political Science
What is your favorite part of studying at Kent State University?: Muhammad says, "I love and appreciate our Kent State Library. Our library reminds me of openness, inclusivity, and collective empowerment. I just feel better and included every time I go to the library for homework, tutoring, and team assignments." He also loves that Kent State students can attend events at the MACC free of charge! "I love MACC games and events."
What is your favorite memory/experience from your time in the United States?: Muhammad has volunteered for the Philabundance Organization since 2017. He explains that they repurpose good food that would likely go to waste and provide it to community members in need. Muhammad explains, "I volunteer each time I go to Philadelphia to visit my family. I am so humbled and honored to have this meaningful opportunity in my life to serve and contribute to our local community." He is grateful to have this experience!
Fun Fact about Muhammad: "I love cooking, traveling, and volunteering. Last Summer, I was awarded a full travel grant to participate in the Student Energy Summit 2019 at Imperial College London. I also volunteered over there for a local church and visited the British city of Kent for a study tour. I genuinely enjoyed touring the gardens full of large fruit trees. Kent is also known as the "Garden of England.""
Favorite event attended through OISA/Global Village/International Student Council: Muhammad says that his favorite events included Global Conversation Hour and the International Friendship Socials!
Modupe E Oluwarohunbi
Home Country: Nigeria
What is something that not many people know about your home country?: Modupe explains that the country of Nigeria "...is beautiful and civilized."
Major/Program of study at Kent State University: Biology Pre-Med
Favorite part of studying at Kent State University?: Modupe says that she enjoys meeting new people who are from different cultures!
Favorite memory/experience from your time in the United States?: Modupe explained that in her home country of Nigeria, they do not have natural disasters, so experiencing a tornado emergency last Spring was a unique experience for her.
Fun Fact about Modupe: "I am a very good listener and can be very funny."
Favorite event attended through OISA/Global Village/International Student Council?: Modupe says that her favorite events are Global Conversation Hours which are put on by OISA and the Global Village!
Home Country: India
What is something that not many people know about your home country?: Nashrah explains that cows are worshipped in her home country of India.
Major/Program of study at Kent State University: Biomedical Science
What is your favorite part of studying at Kent State University?: Nashrah says that her favorite part about studying at Kent State University is "its welcoming nature towards international students."
What is your favorite memory/experience from your time in the United States?: Some of Nashrah's favorite experiences from her time in the United States include visiting Cedar Point and Las Vegas!
Other facts about Nashrah: "I can walk slower than a snail and faster than an ostrich." She also enjoyed her trip to Niagara Falls!