Firsthand experiences with the new culture and warm community at Moorpark.
“One of the best experiences at Moorpark College is that you share classes with students who are of all ages and came from around the globe, even people from the same country as you.
I feel lucky to be here because I’ve meet amazing professors that teach in a different way than my previous professors.”
—Abdulwahab Alanazi, Saudi Arabia, Electrical Engineering
“I'm studying computer engineering. I've been here in the U.S. for the last 3 years. Since I came to the U.S., I insisted on studying hard in order to prove myself in this country, where competition can be felt in all aspects of life. I was able to maintain good academic performance, along with an on-campus job, and some fun in my free time to explore the beauty of California with native Californians and other international students that I met on campus.”
—Rifaat Kouaider, Lebanon, Computer Engineering
“Moorpark College has given me so many opportunities. Its extensive resources and aid have benefited me to build my confidence and ambition to succeed in my studies.”
—Chloe Demosthenous, Cyprus, Communication Studies
“At Moorpark College, we have a good International community; it was nice to be in a place where I was surrounded by other international students. I was able to do all the same activities as U.S. students and even more!”
—Tamim Mansoori, Afghanistan, Computer Science
“To be an international student is to have the opportunity to see the world. We experience a new country and culture, with an open mind for their costumes, and activities. As a foreign student, I have been exposed to different perspectives, foods, traditions, and social atmospheres. Moorpark College gives me an opportunity to better understand and appreciate this nation’s people and history. It gives us an opportunity to witness a completely new way of life with a rigorous education. I have made new friends from different backgrounds which will forever impact my journey here.
Being at Moorpark helps me develop my communication skills and overcome my own culture and language barrier. It allows for me to have a safe space to practice my independence that continues to grow, all while people understand my difficulty as an International student.
Being an International Student is a new experience and can be overwhelming at times. Even though there are obstacles I may face; this environment is creating opportunities for me to adapt to diverse situations and solve issues with many new perspectives.
I’m lucky and grateful to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
—Yael Farkash, Israel, Engineering
“Moorpark has a beautiful campus that gives the ability to anyone to strive and grow. I have very knowledgeable teachers who always make sure to include everyone in their classes. I feel happy to be a part of such a nice and hardworking community of students”
—Alban de Raemy, Switzerland, International Business
“The first time I traveled overseas, I was 14 years old. I spent a month in France eating pastries, visiting castles, and practicing my freshman French with cute boys. I didn’t know it then, but I was also learning about the world in ways my peers at home could not. I was formulating a world view of inclusivity, curiosity, and wonder. Since that first trip, I have traveled to England, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. And I’m proud to say that I am still learning about the world.
That is why I so respect and value the international students at Moorpark College. For you, the experience must be daunting and I marvel at your courage and applaud your sense of adventure and commitment to education. But you’re not just receiving an education here at Moorpark, you are also contributing to the education of all of our students on campus. Your presence enhances our classrooms. Your insight and background add new perspectives to class discussions. While not all of our students have the ability to study abroad, your friendship helps to broaden their worldview and encourages them to become better global citizens.
Welcome to the Moorpark College family. I wish you all the best!”
—Patty Colman, History professor
“My experience here at Moorpark College was incredible. I hadn't any problems. I played soccer for the college, and I hadn't problems in my classes. The ISO always is trying to help students and improve things for new international students. I just have to thank Moorpark College for this amazing experience that is adding to my personal and professional life.”
—Felipe Alberto Weber Luz, Brazil, International Business
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