Haywards David from India: Graduate Student Majoring in Applied Exercise Physiology at Mississippi College

Haywards David from India: Graduate Student Majoring in Applied Exercise Physiology at Mississippi College

Why did you decide to study in the USA?

It is just because of God’s Favor. I completed my bachelor in physical therapy from India and was looking for a master’s degree from a renowned Christian institute that could give me a new expansion in my knowledge.

Why did you choose Mississippi College?

This is a Christian institution with a high Christian value, which is of prime importance for me. Mississippi is known for hospitality and people are kind and helpful. Mississippi College is one of the oldest and most reputed institutions [in Mississippi] and it is the among the most affordable in the USA.

What do you like best?

The teachers and professors have a rich experience in the field of study. All of them have a Ph.D. in kinesiology and related fields. Some subjects I took gave me immense knowledge. Apart from education, the values I got in this institution and guidance from teachers is valuable for me.

What do you miss most?

My Parents and my mom’s food. Also, my church people.

What was your biggest surprise?

Changing the time during daylight saving time was quite a surprise and the grading system of school is little different from what I had in India.

... your biggest disappointment?

None, I am blessed beyond my expectations.           

How have you handled:

... language differences?

Initially, it was tough for me to speak in English but by God’s grace and by talking more with American students, sharing about my country and gaining knowledge about this country, helped me a lot in terms of language.

... finances?

I would say if you are ready to adjust with everything that comes it's never difficult. I feel that Mississippi is the most affordable state in the entire U.S.

... adjusting to a different educational system?

It took some time for me but people here are very hospitable and helpful. The international office in Mississippi College which is also a “home away from home” helps all the international students irrespective of country, race or color in terms of adjusting in the USA.

What are your activities?

MCISA (Mississippi College Indian Student Association); KSA (Kinesiology Student Association); FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes); PEK (Phi Epsilon Kappa); and Hap Hudson 5K Run/walk.

How easy or difficult was making friends?

If you carry a smile on your face with a humble attitude nothing is impossible. The same principle applies if you want to make friends in the USA.

How relevant is your U.S. education to your personal goals and to the needs of your country? 

I want to serve the community with my knowledge in kinesiology, health and fitness. The education I received in the USA helps me to understand the various aspects of health and fitness and the methods to promote health in society as well as in my country.

What is your advice to other students who are considering a U.S. education?

My advice would be to come with an expectation to learn not only academics but also from different cultures around the world. Get excited, because there are so many positive things that you will experience here. Prepare to be blessed and be a blessing to others around you. Don’t worry about Indian food there are good Indian restaurants and families here. God bless you.

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