The night when International Alumni shared their hardships and success stories
It was Friday night on March 27, 2015 when Sonia Fernandes, Assistant Director from Multicultural International Student Programs Office (MISPO) conducted the Hofstra International Alumni Panel workshop. It was the night when our successful international students returned to Hofstra to share their success stories and advice with the current international students. The panel was a good combination of alumni from countries like India, China, South Korea and Germany, with mixed educational backgrounds like engineering, health services, law, film making, education and various business majors.
Sonia wonderfully moderated this workshop and also gave her insights on CPT and OPT to the students. Following the event, the students also had a chance to speak one-on-one with the alumni. Although the event was scheduled from 6-8 p.m. but it was so nice of our alums that they stayed late until 9:30 p.m. chatting with the current students. Everyone really enjoyed the Chinese buffet dinner which was sponsored by the Zarb Asian Pacific Student Association (ZAPSA). We would like to thank ZAPSA for co-sponsoring this event.
Our current international students utilized this wonderful opportunity to listen to these successful alumni and learned how they adjusted to living in the United States when they first arrived and how they overcame with the hardships they faced during their student life at Hofstra. The panel gave some really useful tips on finding internships and hence finding full-time jobs upon graduation with H-1 visa sponsorship.
Last but not least, we would like to express our thanks to the wonderful panel for being so generous in putting in their valuable time and making this event a huge success with their presence and thoughts.
Guest Blogger:Kavneet Baweja,
Graduate Student – MBA International Business