"Post University has helped me grow personally and professionally."
Lea Adam, an international student from France, shares her experience.
Post University is a private university located in Waterbury, Connecticut that prides itself on keeping up with all the advances in technology and teaching. It continues to enhance and improve its services and facilities to ensure that students get the very best education.
Post University is a great environment for international students for several reasons. Probably the most important is our small class sizes of 15-25 students. As a result, you don’t get lost in the shuffle and it’s much easier to talk to the professor before or after classes. The Learning Center, professional tutors, peer tutors, academic success counselors, and professors who are charged with being mentors – not just dispensers of information. I’ve never seen a school go to such great lengths to “save” a well-intentioned student and get them back on the right path. We genuinely support our students.
Bill Stadler, Assistant Director, International Admissions, Post University
SchoolApply interviewed Post University senior, Lea Adam, an international student from France, to gain insight into what makes Post University special and attractive to overseas students.
Location: Waterbury, Connecticut (USA)
Student Name: Lea Adam
From: Strasbourg, France
Graduation: May 2019
Favorite school event: I like Orientation Day. I have been working for the school these past three years and I’ve helped out for the event. The day is usually warm and sunny, there are a lot of activities going on and you get to meet new people.
Favorite class: I have many favorite classes. One is psychology. I love to learn more about people and understand their behavior and their way of thinking. I also love drawing – I am very artistic and love everything that revolves around are. I also enjoyed brand management. I would love to be able to incorporate each one of them into my career.
Four words to describe Post University: Family, Open-minded, Helpful, Opportunities
Tell us a little about yourself…
My name is Lea Adam. I am 22 years old and I am a senior at Post University. I was born in Strasbourg, France where I had lived my entire life until four years ago when I came to the US to study.
How did you hear about Post and what made you decide to study in the US?
The main reason I came to the US was to learn English. However, after spending a year at Post University, I saw what I was capable of and how much the professors were pushing me to be better and it motivated me to pursue my education in Business Administration. I chose Post University mainly because of its location – Connecticut is a gorgeous state with a lot of outdoor activities, but it is also located between the major cities of Boston and New York which are both not too far away.
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Did you have any problems adjusting to life in a new country and university?
My first two months were complicated – I was homesick and I did not know how to speak English, so communication was difficult. However, I had a great roommate. She was American and she helped me meet new people and she introduced me to one of my now best friends. Putting myself out there and meeting new people helped a lot in getting over my homesickness.
What were your first few days at Post University like?
My first week I was very impressed with how nice and welcoming the students, staff and faculty were. Anywhere I went I was always welcomed! The campus is small, which I like a lot. Because of this you will know most of the students and professors and it makes it easier to build relationships. I truly believe that I would not have been as comfortable and learn as well as I did if I had been at a bigger school.
What degree are you pursuing and why?
My major is Business Administration and I chose it because it is a very broad major and you can do a lot with it. I decided on a concentration in International Business as I would like to learn about new cultures and work with different countries in my next job.
After my first year, I decided to add a minor in Psychology. It has always been something that has fascinated me but what really helped me make my decision was my Introduction to Psychology professor. The way she taught her course and all the real-life examples and experience she brought to the class made it clear that I wanted to know more!
What has your academic and social experience been like as an international student at Post University?
Coming to the US and to Post University was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have met amazing people. Waterbury itself does not offer many activities, but if you go a little further outside the city, you will find plenty to do! Having a car or friends that have one helps a lot! The school offers shuttles that drive you to some of the popular locations which is also very convenient.
Have you held a job while studying?
Yes, I have worked for the past three years as a student worker in the Office of the President and the Admission Office. I helped with clerical jobs and worked on some special projects for the president of the university, like creating surveys or helping out at school events. I am also a Resident Assistant, I help students with any issues they may have in the dorms, I organize events and I get to meet amazing people!
Do you take part in any extracurricular activities?
In my two last years, I was a part of the Student Government Association as a Senator and I organized events for the school. As an EPIS member, I also helped organize events related to health. I am also part of the Culture Committee on Campus which brings faculty and student leaders together to think about how to improve our culture on campus.
Do your current studies support your interest and talent?
I love the courses I have taken; they have all helped me figure out what I would like to do when I am done with school. Most professors teach, but they also work or have worked in their respective fields. This is awesome for the students because they bring their personal experience to the courses and I think that is what makes the classes interesting. My professor of Principles of International Business had amazing stories and experience to share with us. He is a very successful person and hearing how he got there was very inspirational and motivating.
In most of my classes, there were between 5 to 20 students, which is an ideal learning environment. I was able to build a relationship with each of my teachers and I know that if I need help or a recommendation letter for grad school in the future, they will help me!.
How has Post University prepared you for life after college?
Post University has helped me grow personally and professionally. I have become more independent and the school has opened many doors for me. I was able to do an internship two years in a row at MacDermid Inc. which was an amazing and very rewarding experience.
What would you say to international students who are considering studying at Post University?
I would tell them to get out there, meet new people and participate in school activities to make the most of their experience! The way their college experience will be is entirely up to them. One of the strengths of Post University would be that the school is small, which means there are not too many people in the classrooms which allows the professors to know each one of their students and build relationships.
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