George Mason University: Ali's experience
We visited George Mason University in Virginia and met with Ali Alsaad from Saudi Arabia and asked him about his experiences living and learning in the US as an international student.
What was your first impression when you arrived at Mason?
I really loved everything about it. I’ve been here eight months already, and I have friends from all over the world. Some are from Brazil, Kazakhstan, China, Korea, and of course, Americans.
What was one of the biggest differences between classes here and classes in Saudi Arabia?
Here we have a lot of resources, like the Learning Resource Center, where we can go to anytime. They have computers for you to use, and it’s so quiet. It’s the perfect place to focus. I do my homework there almost every day.
Tell us about the campus facilities you use most.
There are three gyms on campus, and they are huge! There are swimming pools, a sauna, a soccer field and basketball court to practice at. I enjoy playing soccer every week with my friends.
Tell us about the food options at Mason.
There are so many options to choose from, which is good because I don’t know how to cook. There are really nice buffets on campus at the dining halls.
What have you learned from studying in the US?
I’ve gained courage to speak to people, and I have more confidence.
What advice would you give to international students who are considering coming to Mason?
Don’t be shy. Meet people from all over the world and learn about them and get to know about their culture. I think it’s good to meet people. For me, that’s made a difference.