Despite her online classes, Romy still travels to the Arnold campus a few times a week for her extracurricular activities, which suits her fine since most of her friends are people she’s met through the different organizations. One of those friends is also her advisor: Rohry Flood whom she claims is “a really cool guy.” It’s people like him and her professors and friends who have made her experience thus far fun and enjoyable.
She encourages cultural students like herself to try the community college and to get involved to avoid the experience of culture shock.
“In Germany, community colleges are usually looked down [upon], but here it’s good because you have smaller class sizes, you pay less, and it’s going to transfer over. I think it’s a good thing to start off at a community college and transfer to a four-year university,” she says. “I would also say that a lot of people experience culture shock so it’s good to actually get involved in campus activities. All the friends I have on campus are because I have been doing a lot of activities and that’s how I got to know them. The ISA has a lot of people from different countries. Some of them came with their parents and others came by themselves so it’s good to connect with those people. I have great friends and I enjoy going to school here.”
Romy will graduate from AACC this winter with plans to move onto UMBC where she’ll not only complete her bachelors but her masters as well. “I’m going to apply for the accelerated bachelors/masters program,” she says. “So hopefully they accept me and I will do my masters there.” Hopefully? A 4.0 student who knows three languages with an impressive extracurricular resume? Romy, I think you’re going to be just fine. kr
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