Before I arrived in the U.S., I didn’t know a thing about UNI. The scholarship program that sponsored my studies spoke highly of UNI’s Communication Graduate Program. I quickly learned why. I felt lucky to be in such an environment where I had the opportunity to work with excellent faculty and staff.
Currently, I am a lecturer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Communication Graduate program at UNI prepared me well for this position. The professors in the Communication Studies department helped me develop research skills and gave me great insight into academia. Essentially, they triggered my interests in the academic life and have been very influential to my future goals.
Victoria De Francisco, April Chatham-Carpenter, and Tom Hall were three graduate faculty that have been very influential to my interests today. Though my research interests and major led me to spend more time with these three, I found many more graduate faculty who were willing to take the time to help.
I had many opportunities at UNI that helped me get to where I am today. I think the opportunities did not always present themselves. Rather, I had to pursue and create them. Simply meeting with my professors gave me an opportunity to learn or share stories. Coming from another culture, it was great to learn new perspectives, and at the same time, learn how to be open and respectful to differences. I carried these learning experiences to my current career, which has proved to be very rewarding.
I will always remember my graduation ceremony which marked the completion of my two years at UNI. Unfortunately, my family could not come to the U.S. to share the moment with me, but I was able to bring home many photos. Overall, my experience at UNI was unforgettable!