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Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

General experiences as an international student at Alfred State

Ivory Dominica Humutowo, ’16, Jakarta, Indonesia Ivory Dominica Humutowo
Major: Business Administration, BBA
Ivory has been a recipient of the International Excellence Scholarship since beginning her studies in 2014, is a member of the Honors Program, a nominee of the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence (this prestigious award is presented to students throughout the SUNY system who demonstrate academic excellence and accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement, and to be nominated is a great honor), and winner of the Stu-ey Award Program – Benedict Award .

Additional Personal Achievements
Head resident assistant (HRA), senior assistant for International Student Services Office, international student ambassador, president of International Club (2016), treasurer of International Club (2015), winner of best academic program (2016) - Residential Services Office.

Life on Campus
"I was a member of the International Club my first semester, and I became treasurer of the club in my second semester. After all the fun experiences, I was elected club president. At the same time, I worked part-time with ACES as a barista at Ever Green Café on campus, learning how to make a good coffee. I am very passionate when it comes to celebrating culture and diversity, due to being an international student myself. I have done a lot of activities and created awareness on and off campus regarding this topic throughout my college career. I am lucky enough to work as an intern in the International Student Services Office, through which I have grown significantly in several different aspects. I enjoy meeting people on campus with diverse backgrounds. I just love it here. This college has taught me how to be a generous, friendly, and kind person. When I hear the word heaven, I think of Alfred State. People are very friendly and nice here." 

Goals and Aspirations
"I am very passionate in sharing positivity, love, and happiness. I want to keep spreading it to whomever surrounds me. One of the other things that I am passionate about is improving treatment of mental illness in Indonesia. We are so far behind when it comes to how other countries treat mentally ill patients. If there is anyway I can help them, I will do my best. I spoke to the Center for Civic Engagement regarding this issue, and everybody in the office was very supportive and positive in every single step of this process. I love working with students from all over the world as a senior assistant in the International Student Services Office. This experience is phenomenal and helped shape me to be a better individual." 

Haruka Nakanishi, ’12, Nagoya, Japan
Major: Business Management, AAS
Haruka NakanishiHaruka 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.”

Kanyinsola Ojewumi, ’16, Lagos, Nigeria
Major: Architectural Technology, AASKanyinsola Ojewumi
Kanyinsola began his studies at Alfred State in the fall of 2016, and immediately started working at 10 Elm, a dining service location on campus. He is currently serving as a student ambassador in the Admissions Office.

Life on Campus
“So far it has been amazing. I mean, this is probably the most cheerful place that I have ever been. Everybody is happy, which is very different from where I am from. It has been so much fun getting to meet new people and to be in a new environment.”

Goals and Aspirations
“I probably will end up living in the city. I am from Lagos and there are around 20 million people living in there. I want to take what I have learned from Alfred and its cheerful vibes back to the city. I will go back to Nigeria and share my knowledge. I want to keep challenging myself to be the best that I can be and to utilize what I learned to help improve Nigeria.”

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.

“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.”

Paul Henry CharlesCommunity Service and Project-Based Learning
Paul 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.”