An interview with Francesca Crescenzi from Italy, who studied at State University of New York Rockland Community College near New York City.
Why did you decide to study in the America?
I decided to study in this country to have more and new job opportunity in my field, international business.
How did you choose your college?
The English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Rockland Community College gave me a chance to improve my knowledge of reading and written English.
What do you like best?
The opportunity to compare and assimilate other people’s cultures.
What do you miss most?
Of course I miss my family and friends, but what I miss most is the “smell of home” and the perfume of the Italian air in the different seasons.
What was your biggest surprise?
To interact with so many students with different backgrounds. Just being one of them helped me to understand that people who come from all over the world can live together in peace and harmony.
How has your English improved?
I spent two years and a half at RCC with a noticeable improvement of my English. Now I am planning to apply to university and am confident I can manage the workload. How have you handled:
I had some difficulty with the pronunciation.
Tuition and books are expensive. My family helps me with expenses.
...Adjusting to a different educational system?
This was the easiest thing to do. because the advisors from International Student Services answered my questions, and my American friends would explain things to me.
What are your activities?
I participated in a homestay program and am still friendly with the host family. Because the campus is so close to New York City, my friends and I often took the train to see shows, visit museums, eat at great restaurants and go dancing.
How relevant is your U.S. education to your personal goals and to the needs of your country?
My first goal is to improve my English. Next I will attend a university and complete my undergraduate degree. Eventually I want to earn an MBA and take my skills and knowledge back to Europe, where I can contribute to the new economy.
What is your advice to other students who are considering a U.S. education?
Just be optimistic, because their experience in this country will be one of the most rewarding and exciting of all of their life.