Keuka College: New school, new experiences – James Carmichael-Green
“I have stayed true to my South African roots, but studying in the US has also helped shape me into who I am.”
Keuka College is a liberal arts college located in Keuka Park in the state of New York in the United States. The college was founded in 1890 and has a strong reputation for having a diverse and welcoming campus environment.
Keuka College is an amazing choice for students who wish to study in the United States because from the moment you step on campus you will become a part of the Keuka College family. You will instantly feel the sense of support and community that comes along with being a member of a small school. When you leave Keuka College, you will be leaving with new friendships, connections, and memories that will stay with you forever!.
- Melissa Whipple, Admissions Counselor, Keuka College
James Carmichael-Green is a senior at Keuka College and he told SchoolApply a little about his experience as an international student at the school.
Location: Keuka College, New York (US)
Student Name: James Carmichael-Green
From: South Africa
Graduation: May 2019
Favorite class: Food and Society. I took this class with one of the greatest professors of all time and it was just a really fun, relaxed class.
Favorite school event: Bingo games! There are tons of awesome prizes and the school turn out is massive. Basically, this means that you never have to shop on Amazon for anything, because if you win a game of bingo at Keuka College you can win TV’s, iPads, computers, and all kinds of other amazing prizes.
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Tell us a little about yourself…
My name is James Carmichael-Green and I have a love for the great outdoors and a passion for cooking steak on a fire while holding an ice cold beer. I’m 25 years older than I was the day I was born and I am now entering my senior year at Keuka College.
I was raised as a wee lad in South Africa, where I developed my love for the outdoors and steak. I grew up in Cape Town and after high school I moved to Port Alfred to earn my Air Traffic Control and Pilot’s License. More recently, I have been living in the land of the free for the last four years while I have been studying at Keuka College
What were your school experiences like before university?
High school in South Africa was a great time of my life, but I was a naughty kid and was constantly getting in trouble for throwing fruit onto the ceiling fans or super-gluing my friends’ shoes to the ground when they were sitting at their desks. Before Keuka, school was just one of those things that I had to attend, but now I feel like I’m working toward achieving my end goal of starting a career. (I’m hoping some massive company CEO will read this and scoop me up before I have to go back to South Africa.)
How did you hear about Keuka College and what made you decide to study in the US?
Honestly, having an education from the United States can be so beneficial when you come from a third world country like South Africa. I’m hoping that completing a degree here will improve my chances of finding a job in the US and living the American dream. There is a huge difference between South Africa and the US when it comes to education and choosing to study here will definitely prove valuable to my career in the future. My brother attended Keuka before I did and that’s what motivated me to apply.
Did you have any problems adjusting to life in a new country and university?
I did not have that many issues. After about seven instances of nearly driving into someone else because I was driving on the “wrong” side of the road, I finally figured it out.
The other big problem I had was when I was ordering food at a restaurant. The first time I walked into McDonalds and ordered a chicken burger with chips, a cold drink and some tomato sauce everyone just stared at me in confusion. With some help from the people in line behind me, I managed to cross the language barrier and leave with a chicken sandwich, fries, a soda and some ketchup.
What were your first few days in Keuka College like?
I honestly didn’t think too much about it – I felt right at home. I arrived in January and it was the first time I had ever seen snow and felt such cold weather, so I concentrated on where I was walking. The college was awesome and I was super pleased when I laid eyes on my lovely residence hall and room.
What degree are you pursuing and why?
I’m studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. My hopes are to one day start my own business and become a millionaire overnight, so nothing too ambitious. The business program is one of the best at Keuka Colleges and they have awesome faculty and staff.
Have you had a job while studying?
Yes, I held campus jobs in the Admissions Department, school library and the Adventure Program. Keuka College realizes that it is hard for international students to get an off-campus job so they do an excellent job of creating jobs for overseas students so that I have enough money to buy meat for the grill and a cold beer for my hand.
Are you taking part in any extracurricular activities?
No, but Keuka College has many year-round activities that they encourage students to take part in, from intra-mural sports to outings to Niagara Falls, there’s something for everyone.
What has your academic and social experience been like as an international student at Keuka College?
Studying in the United States has been awesome and I wouldn’t change a thing. The lecturers at Keuka have always been very supportive and helpful. The location isn’t as rural as what I’m used to back home, but I can understand why it is known as a rural area here in the US.
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How has studying abroad changed you?
It has widened my knowledge as to what’s out there. I have stayed true to my South African roots but studying in the US has also helped shape me into who I am. When you spend four years of your life away from family and friends in a new country surrounded by new people and experiences, it’s hard not to change at all.
What are your plans after you graduate? How has Keuka prepared you for life after college?
Well, when that big CEO scoops me up after reading this article, I’m going to put a lot of time and effort into that that job. But, if that doesn’t happen, I’d like to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and stay in the US and gain some work experience here.
What would you say to international students who are considering studying at Keuka College?
Just do it! It’s a great school that takes care of its students and offers them so many opportunities to better themselves.
You will have an awesome time and experiencing a new part of the world will change your outlook on so many different things.
Is there anything you would like to add, that maybe we haven't asked?
Yes, I want to send a shout-out to my Mom… Hi Mom!
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