Student Testimonials

General experiences as an international student at Alfred State:

Haruka Nakanishi, ’12, Nagoya, Japan
Haruka NakanishiMajor: Business Management, AAS
Haruka is the 2012 recipient of the Frank and Mary Beaton Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a second-year student majoring in any of the business technology programs and is based on academic performance, leadership qualities, personal values, and community service.

Life on Campus
“From my first semester, I was a member of two clubs. That was a big first step for me. From my second year, I started to work a part-time job in the Central Dining Hall. This experience helped me learn to feel very comfortable communicating with people. Through these experiences, my world has grown bigger. I like that Alfred is a small community. Not one day goes by where I don’t see a face I know. I feel like I am a member of the ‘Alfred Family’.”

Favorite Alfred State Memories
“My best memory of Alfred is what one faculty member in the writing center told me at the end of my last semester. She told me, “you should be proud of yourself!” When I had difficulty with English, I always stopped by and got help. She has helped me a lot since I was a freshman, and told me that my essays are getting better and better. I am so glad to hear that. Again, Alfred is small and deep. She remembers my face, so we always greet each other outside of the writing center.”


Paul Henry Charles, ’12, Les Cayes, Haiti
Major: Masonry, AOS
Originally from a village called Ti Kanal in southern Haiti, Paul Henry Charles came to Alfred State with some college-level experience under his belt and a goal to improve his masonry and English language skills. Since arriving, he has jumped head-first into student life on campus.

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“I came to Alfred State because I wanted a school with a good program in my field of study, and I wanted to immerse myself in a new culture. I am also from a francophone country, and was interested in learning a foreign language.”

Community Service and Project-Based Learning
Paul Henry CharlesPaul Henry has gone above and beyond to become involved with the Alfred community, participating in multiple faculty-led community service trips to Haiti, as well as the Catskill region of New York State. During his time in Haiti, Paul Henry worked alongside other Alfred State students where they were involved in construction and rebuilding, feeding programs, and provided some veterinary care to Haitian livestock. In addition, Paul traveled with a group of students to assist in cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irene devastated the region. Not only did these trips provide Paul with the opportunity to give back to the community, but he was able to put his masonry skills into practice. Dr. Douglas Pierson, Assistant Professor, Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, can attest to Paul’s character, stating “Paul has a big heart, he loves his country, and I expect he will represent Alfred State well as he uses the skills he has acquired here to make a difference in Haiti.”


Iara Mantenuto, Pescara, Italy
Iara MantenutoDuring her short time at Alfred, Iara jumped head-first into life on campus. She spent time working at the Alfred State Radio Station and was a member of the Alfred State International Student Club. She has also volunteered her time to run experiments in the psychology department, as well as tutor students in College Algebra and Calculus. Iara left Alfred State with a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Alfred State Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Educational Goals
“I will be transferring to Syracuse University for a master’s degree in Linguistics. Alfred State gave me the opportunity to improve my English and my GPA, thanks to the high level of preparation the professors here offer, which has allowed me to compete in the graduate world for admission into Syracuse.”

Favorite Memories
“The lectures, because every single professor at Alfred State is very well prepared, helpful and friendly. Also, I was part of the school radio station and I had a lot of fun with the people there. Finally, I enjoyed the little parties and events organized by the school.”


Masanari Yamamoto, ’12, Tokyo, Japan
Major: Financial Planning, BBA; Financial Services, AAS (2010)

Masanari is one of two Alfred State students who received the 2012 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. This prestigious award is presented to students throughout the State University of New York system who demonstrate academic excellence and accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement.

Leadership on Campus
Yamamoto has served as a resident assistant at Alfred State for five semesters, and has received several academic and athletic distinctions. He has earned a spot on the Dean’s List for seven consecutive semesters, served as an orientation leader for incoming freshmen, and been a member of the Japan Earthquake Relief Team. Yamamoto also received the NAPFA Northeast Region Scholarship to attend the 2011 Practice Management and Investment Conference in Brooklyn, NY.

Career Goals
Masanari plans to further his education and become a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner.

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“One reason I chose Alfred State is because I received a scholarship. For international students, it is still quite expensive to receive education outside of their countries. Alfred State’s cost performance was better than other colleges and universities in the U.S.”