We sat down with a few of our international graduate students, who joined us from a variety of countries around the world. They shared their thoughts on Albany and the area, what they like about being here and what they miss about home, and their best advice to their peers for settling into their new home at Saint Rose.
Ridina Shakya G’19
From: Kathmandu, Nepal
Favorite thing about Saint Rose: Small and interactive classes. Friendly atmosphere. Supportive professors.
Advice to new international students: Don’t hide away in your room. Make friends and have fun.
The hardest thing to get used to here: Saint Rose: Struggled a few months to balance my time to complete homework on time.
Albany: Frigid and chilling winter.
Miss most about your home country: My family, my pet dog, and I miss my mom’s food. I miss how I used to hang around with my friends whenever I feel low.
One way in which school is different here: No homework after high school in my country.
Describe yourself, in your home country’s language: “Mehenat ko fall mitho huncha.”
Translation: “I believe fruits of hard work are always sweet.”
Ridina had a long and arduous wait before she could begin her hard-earned studies. Read about her adventure in her own words.
Learn more about international admissions at Saint Rose.
– Compiled by Ridina Shakya G’19