An interview with Juri Adrianto, from Indonesia, who is a candidate for an MBA in Information Systems at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Why did you decide to study in the America?
Having experience interacting with people from different cultures will give me an edge in the professional world. I believe that the U.S.A. is the best place to get an MBA since it originated from here.
Why did you choose your university?
The location is great as it is close to New York City but not in the city.
What do you like best?
Fairleigh Dickinson University(FDU) has students from a wide array of cultures, which allows me to learn so much from all the different nationalities.
What do you miss most?
Family, of course.
What was your biggest surprise?
Everyone here is friendly. People ask “how are you” even if you don’t know them. Also, the MBA program here focuses on a lot of writing. Here, there may not even be exams and your grade may be based only on papers and oral presentations.
...your biggest disappointment?
So far, so good.
How have you handled: ...Language differences?
I found the language difference to be not be that big of a problem since in Indonesia I was required to study English for 15 years.
My parents help me out with my finances. I have been wanting to get an on-campus job, but more for the work experience than the money. I see an on-campus job as an opportunity to develop my professional skills and help improve my English.
What are your activities?
I plan on getting involved with student clubs soon. I did attend a university trip to the United Nations, during which I was able to attend a meeting with the Secretary General.
How easy is making friends?
At first, it was very difficult. But you would experience that anytime you go to a new place. After the first month it was much easier, since I would meet with the same people each day for classes and group projects and get to know them better.
How relevant is your U.S. education to your personal goals and to the needs of your country?
I would like to become an accountant that focuses on internal control. Due to globalization, you have to speak at least one major language fluently. I chose to study in the U.S.A. to help me learn English fluently.
FDU will give me the organizational, leadership, and technical skills that I will need to help me excel professionally.
What is your advice to other students?
Don’t be afraid to try new things and go outside your comfort zone. When I graduate with my MBA, I will be competing in a very global job market. Having experience interacting with people from different cultures I believe will give me an edge in the professional world.