Khoi Nguyen from Vietnam: Studying Computer Science and Mathematics at Dakota State University

Khoi Nguyen from Vietnam: Studying Computer Science and Mathematics at Dakota State University

Why did you decide to study in the USA?

Two reasons that really stand out to me as why I chose to study in the US are: #1 the programs in the US are always updated. Professors are always working on new ideas and with the latest technology. #2 Professors are always working on projects and are willing to talk with students and share new ideas.

Why did you choose this particular college or university? What attracted you about your school? Please mention such factors as location, reputation, courses offered. What is special about your school and its location?

Some students may think that DSU's location is a disadvantage. I really like the small classes and the quiet safe environment in Madison, SD. DSU's programs were the reason I chose to study here. DSU is one of 4 Centers of Excellence in the United States for many of their Computer Science and Cyber Operations programs. The price is also affordable.

What do you like best about your program or university?

Both students and professors always discuss the newest technology and are willing to take on projects.

What do you miss most about home?

I miss the food and large city lifestyle.

What was your biggest surprise about U.S. life and education?

I was very surprised by the freedom to do more studying in general. There is a lot of options as far as the classes that you can take.

... your biggest disappointment?

Some things are over-priced.

How have you handled:

... language differences?

I just practiced the language a lot. I was not afraid to ask for help or clarification if I needed it .

... finances?

Finances are always a problem, but the prices in the US for many things are very reasonable. As long as you do not spend your money unwisely on overpriced items, you will be ok.

... adjusting to a different educational system?

I think the language barrier was the biggest issue I had to face. Otherwise, the education system really isn't that different

What are your activities (clubs, sports, student associations, travel, homestay programs, special activities or trips)?

I am involved in the Programming Club and the Computer Club. They sometimes organize trips

How easy or difficult is making friends in the USA?

Making friends at a university really depends on how outgoing you are. You will find someone that has similar interests and that will really help.

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

My career goals are first to get my degree and then to get several years of experience in my field. My personal goal will be matching with the needs of my country and their technology needs.

What is your advice to other students from your country who are considering studying English in the USA?

My advice would be to be open to new friendships, and be able to speak English on a daily level. It is a very important decision and I think students need to consider all of the options that are available to them- even if it is in the middle of the South Dakota.

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