Have you ever wondered what Millersville University looks like from an international perspective? We asked Abdoulahi Taffa, a student from Niger who has been studying at Millersville this past semester, about his experiences. Continue reading to gain some insight into Abdoulahi’s time here as a student at Millersville University!
Name: Abdoulahi Taffa
Home country: Niger
Home university: Abdou Moumouni
Field of study: International Studies
Why did you decide to study in the United States, specifically at Millersville University?
I always wanted to visit America because in my country we are influenced by American culture, we watched American movies and listen to their music. When I had the opportunity to come I decided to come. I spent 3 years in Harrisburg and I got my associate degree from HACC. During my last semester at HACC I came for a campus tour at Millersville University and I liked everything about the University so I decided to enroll.
What totally freaked you out prior to arriving at Millersville, but turned out to be no big deal?
What freaked me out before coming to Millersville is that I did not know anybody here and there were no students from my country at the university, but once I got here I felt like I was at home, everybody is nice and friendly.
What did you like best about Millersville and the United States?
What I like most about Millersville is the environment and the campus. People are nice and more than happy to help you. About United States, I like the education system and all of the opportunities available.
What is something you tried for the first time while you were studying in the States? Did you enjoy it? (it could be an activity, a type of food, etc)
What I tried for the first time while studying in the States is cooking, I never cooked in my life before coming to the States. I enjoy it sometimes.
What food or drink do you miss most from Niger?
The food I miss most from my country is Tchep (rice and fish).
What are you most looking forward to when you return home?
Spending as much time as possible with my family, especially with my grandma, I miss her so much. Of course I’m also looking forward to finding a good job to help my country develop with my experiences from the U.S.
What did you learn about yourself personally over the past year?
I learned over the past year, that I could be anything I want to be even the future President of my home country, why not?
What did you gain academically and/or professionally?
I gained leadership skills, I learned to speak and write in a very important language (English), and I also learned how to give speeches in public.
What is your dream job and why?
My dream job is to become a diplomat or to work for an international organization like the United Nations or UNICEF. I want to represent and serve my country internationally.
Why should other international students come to MU?
They should come to MU because there are many opportunities waiting for them. All the international students are having great experience at MU, we are all happy here.