International Student Spotlight – Meet Seth Sekinini!
Have you ever considered what Millersville University looks like from an international perspective? We asked Seth, an exchange student from our partner institution the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, what it is like to experience Millersville University as an international student. Continue reading to learn more about Seth’s time here!
Name: Seci (Seth) Sekinini
Age: Over 30
Hometown: Suva City, Fiji
Home university: University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Field of study: International Relations, Politics, Comparative Studies & Law
Languages: Fijian, English, Hindi, French, Tongan and Urdu
Instruments you play: Ukulele
What did you learn academically/professionally over the past semester?
Anything is possible and why is that? The American attitude has gotten into me that you have to create your own opportunity from working hard. With that I have discovered that I love Greek Mythology and Philosophy…Of course the quality of the delivery by my teachers and professors has influenced this, Dr Joshua Fischel – He is great, a great facilitator and passionate. Dr Adam Lawrence – Such a pragmatist and knowledgeable and always insisting that you know the answer. Dr R. Bookmiller – Wise teacher and very diplomatic, he has a vast depth of experience.
Seth (right) with one of his Rugby teammates at an event for breast cancer awareness.
What is something you tried for the first time while you were studying abroad in the States? Did you enjoy it?
Playing rugby at College level in a World Cup Year, it was so moving and so surreal to see the passion that Americans have for this game and going away with them, your brothers in arms so loyal to their University. The comradery a group of students from a far-away place playing a minority game and loving it was so heartfelt and moving. I felt like I belonged and they welcomed me with open arms and respect and then to go and play teams like YALE was the leveler….who would have known that with our passion, a small state budgeted team would beat an Ivy League School in these United States?
What totally worried you prior to arriving at Millersville, but turned out to be no big deal?
Squirrels…just kidding! HAHAHA! And yes meeting President Anderson on his push bike as he rides around campus, USC is big in sustainable innovative studies and climate change, so that was respect right there….LOL! He even directed me to the Brookes Oval and he knew his Rugby.
Why should other international students come to MU?
In my field of studies, Washington D.C. is a stone throw away as well as New York City and Gettysburg. Of course Philly as they say is right there in my new adopted home state, Pennsylvania. We all know what Philly is known for… the creation of the United States of America! The Liberty Bell, etc…the rest is history! But seriously, MU is a big but small Uni for those coming from overseas, it’s not small and it’s not too big, here people remember your name, that’s great, they go out of their way to know you and of course you are always made welcome and you never run out of friends. The history is my fascination as I love architecture and the school buildings. It’s so amazing, they have a lovely art program and I am a big fan of the Music and Art faculty and attend some of their concerts.
We heard that you attended a benefit for diseases affecting the Amish population. Could you please tell us a little more about that experience and how you came to be interested in that subject?
Governance! The Amish people have always been portrayed in the Pacific and Australia as peace loving people, but not very modern because of their way of life and religious beliefs. This associates very well to the Indigenous population of Australia and Fiji. The experience was a dream come true to witness their way of life, lifestyle, culture and see the progress they have attained so far without sacrificing their belief, faith and customary practices. I am able to draw a parallel between this and the Fijian and Australian Aboriginal Indigenous Population, which are groups with which I associate myself. Hence this is an area of interest to look at a peace loving people of the Amish and consider myself fortunate and honored to be at such a noble gathering.
What is your dream job? Why?
Well I have been earmarked for our foreign office back at home and while I was here I was doing weekend experiences at the Washington Embassy for Fiji and also for our UN (United Nations) Fiji Rep office during the UN GA (General Assembly) but am hoping that one day I can return for homecoming parade at MU as a Secretary of State for Fiji or Minister for Foreign Affairs, that would be nice and anything is possible. Such exchanges that we are talking about today is already soft diplomacy at work where we exchange ideas, way of life, lifestyle and through such partnerships MU & USC (University of the Sunshine Coast) has participated in healing the world or bridging our nations with peace & prosperity.