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International Student Testimonials

Name: María José Acevedo

Home Country: Costa Rica/Nicaragua

Major: Nursing

Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Languages: Spanish / English

What do you love about Shepherd?: Shepherd is a university where you can grow intellectually, mentally, socially, and spiritually. I love Shepherd University because it has helped me to become the person I always wanted to be. The opportunities given to me allowed me to grow to be a better person and prepared me to be the nurse I always dreamed of being. Shepherd University has also introduced me to many wonderful people that care for my well being, my future and that pushed me to be the best I can be! Shepherd University is the right place for me.

Words of Wisdom: Never doubt your self! Always believe in you and what you are capable of. Your mind and brain is a computer run by the software of your words so make sure your software is full of positive strong self driving words that will allow you to become the person you always wanted to be!

Name: Abdoul Nasser Achirou

Home Country: Niger

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Date: May 2020

Languages: French and English

What do you love about Shepherd? Faculty staff and teachers are friendly

Words of Wisdom: Opportunities don’t happen. You create them ~Chris Grosser

Name: Valentina Preciado Bello

Home Country: Colombia

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Date: Hopefully Spring 2022

Languages: Spanish, English, Russian and learning french.

What you love about Shepherd: I love the community at Shepherd. I’ve formed great relationships with both students and professors. Shepherd University and the International Affairs team have been my pillar to success as an international student in the US and to become a better person in many different aspects. The International Affairs team are the family I chose to be part of and I do not regret it in any way, it has been such a great experience. 

Words of Wisdom: It is very important to be open-minded, to be ready to accept any type of risk, to be open to learning new things every day even outside the classroom.  Last and most important, always have a positive mindset and believe in yourself, you’re are the only one that can bring success to your life.

Name: Sujata Sharma

Home country: Nepal

Major: Nursing

Graduation date: Spring 2022

Languages: Nepali, English, and Hindi

What do you love about Shepherd?  I love the welcoming environment at Shepherd University. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I have got a chance to explore myself which has enhanced my knowledge and experience.

Words of Wisdom: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison


Name: Badou Audrey Roseanne Assamoa

Home country: Ivory Coast

Major: Accounting

Graduation date: 2024

Languages: French and English

What do you love about Shepherd:  I love the atmosphere of Shepherd University and the awesome people I’ve met here.

Word of Wisdom: Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.

Name: Anulika “Juliet” Umunnah

Home Country: Nigeria

Major: Chemistry

Minor: Mathematics

Graduation date: May 2021

Languages: English and Igbo

What I love about Shepherd:  It’s acceptance of individuals from all across the world and giving them an opportunity at achieving their goals. It’s serene environment and diverse involvement in different social aspects for the growth and betterment of each student.

Words of Wisdom: When the present is good the past will not be remembered-Dr.Elisha Otome (my brother in-law)

Name: Frank Luis Santiago Cabrera

Home Country: Puerto Rico

Major: English, concentration in Creative Writing

Minor: Communications and New Media

Graduation Date: Spring 2022 fingers crossed

Languages: Spanish / English and learning French

What do you love about Shepherd? At Shepherd I felt welcomed from the moment I stepped in. It has the friendliest staff and set of professors I’ve ever met. It’s less of a school and more like a second home for me. It is truly a place where you have many opportunities to become who you want to be and allow you to grow as an individual. Thanks to the diverse activities on campus and the help of the International Affairs team, I’ve had the chance to do things I never thought possible.

Words of Wisdom: Allow yourself to grow and learn from your mistakes. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Get involved in campus, take risks and do not be afraid to ask for help whenever you need it. Focus on what’s best for you and have fun.