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International student 5

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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018

Phone: (319) 273-2281
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Michelle Teh


Biology and Pre-Chiropractic


Klang, Malaysia



Why did you decide to attend college in the United States? And why did you choose UNI?

I always believe that the best to learn is to get out of comfort zone. America is a first world country and as a student, I will able to get the best out of the education system here. The education system itself create a wholesome and all-rounder students by providing flexibility to choose subjects that we are interested in such as Sociology.

I had been offered by several universities at the same time, however, I chose UNI because of the idea of the class size, facilities provided to students, lifestyle and the approachable staff help me in making my choice to be here.

What do you like the most about UNI?

Wow. There’s so many to list down. I think the facilities here in UNI had been amazing. The library especially which is a vital resources for me as student and by providing services and the environment itself in general the moment I step in to the library made my UNI experience a good one. The staff itself are very friendly and there’s once I have my College Writing and Research class where two librarians are there to assist us in our research paper and we are able to email them anytime whenever we needed some help. The thing is, the replied you RIGHT AWAY!

Do you participate in any on-campus organizations or activities?

Yes, I’m a proud ISP and ISA member.

Do you work on campus?

Not yet. Planning on that soon.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

Library, Maucker Union and McCollum Science Hall

What have you done to help make UNI your home away from home?

I think being part of the student organization (ISP and ISA) helped me a lot. They made me feel belong and make me feel my presence made a difference. Being involved in the activities that they have put my free time into good use. Personal Wellness is just five minutes away and spending time there exercising not only ensure I stay healthy but also a good way to de-stress. Besides that, I sign up for foster family here and they had been nothing but a brilliant family that taught me so much. Everything is assessable easily here and making friends is easy too. I did not feel home sick at all since I got here.

What is the one thing you would tell a new or prospective international student about attending a college in the United States?

Have an open mind and make the best out of everything you get here. Time management is the key to ensure you can both achieve well in class and have fun at the same time.

How has your academic experience been?

Wonderful. It’s amazing how the professors are so approachable and I love how creative the professors here in trying to help us understand the lecture in class.

How did you determine your major… i.e. did you take a class, consult with UNI programs, inspired by someone or something?  

I was so inspired in so many ways. My family definitely had a strong thrust force in helping me decide in my major. I always accompany my mom to the chiropractor clinic and I am always the one throwing questions to the doctor, my interest had built up since then. Moreover, I was in aviation industry for three years before I came to UNI. Seeing how many of my colleagues and passengers suffer from backache problems gave motivation to me. Besides that, I use to travel solo a lot to third world countries and being there made me realize there are so much more than just life. And by that, I want to be the one to be able to help these people. But before I can help them, I have to be here first. And that’s why I’m here now. 

Tell us about any great classes or professors that have helped, inspired or challenged you with determining your career path.

(This is only my first semester here but this is how I feel so far-there are definitely more classes that could inspire me but I yet to take them).

Personally, this may sound absurd but I find Sociology class both challenged and inspired me a lot. It is definitely out of the BIOLOGY sight. This class not only help me to understand the American culture and how people do certain things in certain way but this class is amazing in a way that it constantly making me question things about my life in general. Dr. Froyum is such an amazing professor. It hit me a couple of time how crazy it is that I decided to come back to university and to earn a degree to help people- I mean I could just stay in the aviation industry and enjoy those privileges-living the life is some would called it. But this has been a great turning point of my life. I save my own cash, I research which college I want to attend and I’m finally here- one step closer to my dream.