Finding her place at Assumption College – Sanna Hussain
“My religion and belief system have not deterred me in the slightest from making friends or having memorable new experiences at Assumption.”
Assumption College is a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts school located on a vast campus in Worcester, Massachusetts in the United States. Ranked as one of the best colleges in the region and also for providing value based on excellence in affordability, graduation statistics and overall student satisfaction.
Assumption College students regardless of ethnicity, economic status and origination are all welcomed into a caring, supportive community at Assumption College. International students thrive in the small classrooms, develop relationships with their professors and peers, and benefit from a beautiful campus nestled in a small neighborhood just minutes away from downtown Worcester, MA. Through these opportunities students gain the knowledge and real-world experience to live successful, meaningful lives upon graduation.
- Andrew J. Kupec, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Assumption College
SchoolApply had the opportunity to interview sophomore student, Sanna Hussain, on her experiences at Assumption College.
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts (USA)
Student Name: Sanna Hussain
From: Pakistan/Saudi Arabia
Favorite class: My favorite class so far has been Philosophy. My philosophy professor is always willing to talk about the world and is even ready to have discussions and debates during his office hours and that is one thing that I really love.
Favorite school moment: I was recently selected as an Orientation Leader for incoming freshmen and this is one of the best things that has happened to me as it has boosted my confidence and has helped me learn new things and improve my people skills.
Four words to describe Assumption College: Community-based, Intellectual, Warm, Friendly, Challenging
Tell us a little about yourself. What were your school experiences like before attending Assumption College?
I am 19 years old and a sophomore at Assumption College. I am originally from Pakistan but I was born and raised in the country of Saudi Arabia. I have studied at only one school my whole life. I attended an international school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from kindergarten all the way through to high school.
How did you hear about Assumption College and what made you decide to study in the United States?
My dad has an American friend who worked for the United States army in Saudi Arabia. One day they were chatting and my dad mentioned that I was going to be heading off to university soon and his friend suggested that I apply to Assumption College. We did some research and decided to send an application. I was offered a place at Assumption and decided to take it!
Did you have any problems adjusting to life in a new country and university?
Honestly, when I first came to Assumption College, I thought I was going to feel left out and not have anything in common with my peers. However, when I arrived here, I discovered that everyone is super nice on campus and I actually had no trouble fitting in to my new environment.
What degree are you pursuing and why?
I have always had a passion for math and coding, so I decided to pursue a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at Assumption.
Do your current studies support your interests and talent? If so, how?
Yes they do! One thing I really enjoy, outside of coding and math, is to take photographs. I have a DSLR camera that I love and I try to take pictures at least once a week somewhere in the area, or even on campus. Mostly, I like to take portraits of people because this way I am interacting with others and making new friends. I took a photography class my freshman year at Assumption College and that has fueled my love and passion for photography even more.
What has your academic and social experience been like as an international student at Assumption?
Being an international student has been a little challenging for me as I take writing-based classes and my first language is not English, so I am not the greatest writer. However, the professors at Assumption are very helpful and accommodating. They understand that English is my second language and they take the time to guide me and help me improve my English and communication skills.
What were your first impressions of Assumption College?
Assumption College is a Catholic school, and as a Muslim, this was a little bit worrisome for me at first. However, when I arrived here and had a first-hand perspective, I learned that there is always room for discussions and debate and that there is a wide understanding and acceptance about all religions here at Assumption. Being Muslim, I thought I would not fit into the campus community, but I love being around people with different backgrounds and opinions, as this helps me gain more knowledge and I love that. My religion and belief system have not deterred me in the slightest from making friends or having memorable new experiences at Assumption.
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Do you take part in any extracurricular activities at Assumption?
I joined a few clubs my freshmen year, but this year I am part of just one club to which I am fully devoted: the Assumption College Interfaith Alliance. This group works to bring all different religions together and to educate people in the community about different religions to increase knowledge, tolerance and acceptance.
Do you have a job while studying at Assumption College?
I have a work-study job in the Information Technology department, and since I am a computer science major, working around computers and technology gives me more experience and knowledge about my chosen field of study.
What are you plans for after graduation?
I want to work in California in Silicon Valley after I graduate. I have even utilized our school network system and have been in contact with Assumption alumni who work in California and were also computer science majors during their time here.
What would you say to international students who are considering studying at Assumption College?
Assumption has played a major role in making me a better person and it has made me more comfortable with who I am and who I am becoming.
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