Tiffany Pham is a graduate student from Vietnam currently studying for her MBA at UMass Lowell. In addition to working hard on her studies, Tiffany assists other students as an intern with the UMass Lowell Navitas Global Student Success Program (GSSP).
Why did you choose to study in the United States?
Many of my English teachers in Vietnam were Americans and seeing how friendly they were made me consider the U.S. for education. Many of my friends attended graduate school in the U.S. and had good experiences.
How did the UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP or staff help with your adjustment to life in United States?
The UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP Student Services staff assist students with many issues beyond studying. My professors have also supported me—not just with homework and class lessons, but also life advice and career choices. My year in the UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP gave me more time to adjust my routine and learn how to behave around international friends and Americans. The Navitas GSSP courses also helped me to figure out the best ways to study and research for my classes.
What do you enjoy most about the campus?
I am a huge library fan. I love UMass Lowell’s beautiful libraries—they have a great selection of books, access to materials off campus and study areas. If anyone wants to find me, they should check the library first!
What are your favorite things to do off campus?
Lowell is a city of many cultures. UMass Lowell is only a 15-minute walk from downtown Lowell. I am a “foodie” and I love walking around downtown Lowell and trying new food from different countries. The Viet Thai restaurant is my regular stop for Vietnamese food whenever I miss home.
What advice would you give potential international students who are thinking of studying at UMass Lowell?
My advice is don’t miss out on the experience of living in the dorms. I live off campus now, but when I previously lived on campus I connected with my fellow students and had access to activities and other great services provided on campus. It’s worth every penny.
Are you ready to make the most of your international college experience, just like Tiffany? Check out the UMass Lowell Navitas GSSP website and find out how we can help you accomplish your educational dreams!