Major: MBA in Information Systems
Country of Citizenship: Indonesia
Date of Graduation: Spring 2010
Activities: Model United Nations Club
Why did you decide to study in the U.S.A.?
My goal was to get an MBA and I believe that the US is the best place to get an MBA since it originated from here.
Why did you choose to study at FDU?
I did a search online for an MBA in Information Systems, and FDU came up as one of the choices. I liked how it looked on the website and after emailing the International Admissions office and a professor, I felt the school offered me the best opportunity. The location is great as it is close to New York City but not in the city. I have family on the West Coast and could have easily studied in LA near them. But all Indonesians go to LA and I wanted to come to the US to experience different cultures.
What do you like best?
The new culture and environment. In Indonesia, there is only Indonesians. FDU has students from a wide array of cultures, which allows me to learn so much from all the different nationalities.
What do you miss the most about home?
Family, of course.
What was your biggest surprise about U.S. life and education?
Everyone here is friendly. People ask “how are you” even if you don’t know them. Also, the MBA program here focuses on a lot of writing. In my country, there are always exams. Here, there may not even be exams and your grade may be based only on papers and oral presentations.
What are your activities on campus?
I unfortunately have not gotten involved with student clubs - yet. But I plan on doing so soon. I did attend a university trip to the United Nations, during which I was able to attend a meeting with the Secretary General. That was a really good experience.
How have you handled language differences?
I found the language difference to be not be that big of a problem since in Indonesia I was required to study English for 15 years.
How have you handled your finances?
My parents help me out with my finances. I have been wanting to get an on-campus job, but more for the work experience than the money. I see an on-campus job as an opportunity to develop my professoinal skills and help improve my English.
How easy or difficult is making friends?
At first, it was very difficult. But you would experience that anytime you go to a new place. After the first month it was much easier, since I would meet with the same people each day for classes and group projects and get to know them better.
What do you do for fun?
I usually go into New York City, watch NBA basketball games and participate in some sports
Do you visit New York City often?
Yes, quite often. I usually just hang around there (window shopping), do karaoke, or watch broadway shows.
Do you have a favorite spot on campus?
The Weiner Library, just because it is quiet.
What is your favorite book?
I'm sorry. I have a lot of good books and can't choose which is my favorite.
What are your career goals?
I would like to become an accountant that focuses on internal control. I feel that due to globalization, you have to speak at least one major language fluently. I chose to study in the US to help me learn English fluently. I hope to use this skill when competing for a job in my home country or in the US. I also believe that FDU will give me the organizational, leadership, and technical skills that I will need to help me excel professionally.
What is your advice to other students who are considering a U.S. education?
Don’t be afraid to try new things and go outside your comfort zone. As I said, I could have easily studied in LA where I have family and a large population of natives from my home country. But, I chose to study in the US to be able to interact with other nationalities. When I graduate with my MBA, I will be competing in a very global job market. Having experience interacting with people from different cultures I believe will give me an edge in the professional world. FDU provides me with the education and environment to help me reach my goal.