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Rinzhin Sherpa

Nepal

Rinzhin Tshering Sherpa

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences • Nepal


Why did you choose Chapman?

I chose Chapman because I was looking to advance my studies on a graduate level and was attracted to the research prospects at the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP). Dr. Parang kept in contact with me and guided me through the process.

What was transition like coming to Chapman from overseas?

I had already been in the US for 4 years as an undergraduate studies at Coe College, prior to Chapman. However, I found the same, if not more, level of support by people at Chapman. I would say that Chapman has advanced my development as a researcher.

In what ways have you been able to take advantage of Orange County and its surrounding areas?

I am glad to say that my time at Chapman has been a great experience. Mostly due to the tremendous support I have received from my advisors, professors and staff. After finishing my MS, I have decided to continue for a Ph.D at CUSP. California is an amazing place with beautiful weather and Orange is one of the best places to be.  

What opportunities has Chapman provided for growth in your future career?

As a scientist, it is important to have resources available to conduct research. Even though it’s still in its initial stages, CUSP has been able to provide great support, in terms of research infrastructure and core facilities. This has been invaluable in progressing my research as well as gaining practical experience in different techniques.

What advice would you give to another student considering Chapman?

I have found Chapman to be a great institution for any student who has the motivation and drive to excel in your field of interest. As an international student, it is important to be attentive about paperwork from admission documents to visa application. Make sure that you know the deadlines and do your research on prospective colleges since that will make you prepared for the next few years that you might spend studying there.  


Einat Ben Dov
Israel

Einat Ben Dov

PhD in Education (emphasis in Disability Studies)  • Israel


Why did you choose Chapman?

My desire to learn and expand knowledge in the field of Disability Studies and accessibility services guides me to explore new topics and subjects. While I was still in Israel, I was looking for a PhD program in the USA in this field. As I was searching through the web I was happy to find useful information about Chapman’s Ph.D. program in Education with Disability Studies emphasis. On that time I started to connect the faculty and some of the students who had shared their experiences about the program on Chapman’s website.

On September 2013 I came to the USA for family trip and visited on campus. I was impressed by the personal attitude and the welcoming gesture I received. The students that I have met during that visit sounded excited and thankful for the program. It sounded to me like a great place to be in for learning, sharing my knowledge and experiences.

What was transition like coming to Chapman from overseas?

Like other people who move from their home land to a new country my transition to the USA and Chapman University accompanied with several challenges. I came to the USA with all my family (my husband and three teenage daughters) which is not very common. The first year was hard, and it took a while to adjust to the new environment, rules, and especially to for being away from family, friends and home. My experience at Chapman University has been very good from the beginning, but it also included many trials; being a full time student, trying to find a job position, and the affording of high tuition. In order to have social support and easier adjustment we deliberately chose to live in Irvine where we knew has a large Israeli community; this was very important for us as a family.

In what ways have you been able to take advantage of Orange County and its surrounding areas?

As a Chapman’s student I am thankful for some of the available services. As a woman with hearing loss disability I was happy to have the opportunity to use the services offered by Chapman’s Disability Services Office. I have CART service (live transcription service) in every class. This is a great support for me as a woman with disability and as a foreigner; it helps me a lot during my classes. The office of international student has also helped me and my family a lot as well, and we are grateful of the service.

What opportunities has Chapman provided for growth in your future career?

As a whole Chapman University is a very friendly university for diverse students; it is a very supportive higher education organization and it has open space for many cultures and students with different background.

What advice would you give to another student considering Chapman?

My Tips for Prospective International Students:

  • Learn more about your future expenses: tuition, cost of living, etc.
  • Look for advice how to get to school if you live off campus.
  • Find more information about work opportunities, and legal status.
  • Find more information about scholarships or fellowships which are available to international students.
  • Learn about APA and plagiarism.
  • Try to be active on campus, learn how you can contribute and associate with other students.

Grad student Melanie Villarreal
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Melanie Villarreal

MBA/MS Food Science • Mexico


Why did you choose Chapman?
I chose Chapman because it is the only university that offers the joint Master in Food Science and MBA. The combined program is so thoughtfully planned that it provides the students with all the tools necessary to pursue a career in the food industry.

What was transition like coming to Chapman from another country?
Moving to Orange County was very exciting. I had been to Orange County before to visit Chapman and I fell in love with the campus. I do miss my family and friends back home but I've made great friends here and I enjoy getting to know more of this city.

In what ways have you been able to take advantage of Orange County and its surrounding areas?
Orange County is a great place to live. Every weekend there is something new to do. I love going to the beach, Disneyland, or to the Anaheim Angel's games. However, Orange County also has many company's headquarters and corporations that provide great opportunities for employment.

What opportunities has Chapman provided for growth in your future career?
Not only does Chapman provide excellent education, but also Chapman's faculty and alumni connections provide valuable guidance and support to help students reach their goals. Thanks to my faculty advisor Dr. Prakash and Chapman alumni, I got a job as the Innovation Manager for a California based snack food company where I get to apply both of my degrees in my every day tasks.

What advice would you give to another student considering Chapman?
Choosing Chapman was the best decision I could possibly make. I advise students to keep deadlines in mind, fill out the application very carefully, and have constant communication with the admission department to make sure everything is in order. The time and effort put into applying will be worth it in the end. If possible, I would also recommend students to visit Chapman and meet with the faculty.


Louis Ehwerhemuepha
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Louis Ehwerhemuepha

MS Computational Sciences • Nigeria


Why did you choose Chapman?
I chose Chapman University because it was one of the few universities offering the degree I was seeking and because I was assisted in getting the scholarship I qualified for.

What was transition like coming to Chapman from overseas?
First, it was a feeling of curiosity getting on the airplane from my home country not knowing what to expect or what lies ahead of me. Then it was a feeling of thrill arriving at LAX, seeing how beautiful the Orange campus is and how cordial the community is. And right now, having made friends among my peers and professors, it is a feeling of love and the satisfaction that comes from the pursuit of excellence.

In what ways have you been able to take advantage of Orange County and its surrounding areas?
The strategic location of Chapman is such that I am only a short drive from some of the best places of attraction in Southern California, including Disneyland and the beauty of the surrounding cities such as Newport Beach and Catalina Island.

What opportunities has Chapman provided for growth in your future career?
The most important opportunity Chapman has provided is accessible professors who are very supportive. I have had the chance to participate in interdisciplinary research with and between many professors. Furthermore, I have had the chance of gaining teaching experience by tutoring during the first year of my studies and presently teaching a physics lab as an adjunct faculty. In addition, I will be teaching two computer science classes in Spring. These are invaluable experiences as I hope to live my life as a teacher and researcher in an academic institution.

What advice would you give to another student considering Chapman?
If you are motivated and Chapman offers the degree you are seeking, apply.

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