Linda's experience at the University of South Florida
We went to the University of South Florida and spoke with Linda Segerfeldt, an international student from Sweden, about her experience attending the university with INTO.
How did you learn about USF? Why did you choose to study here?
I got to know about USF from signing up with my Swedish organization “Go Study” and they have a cooperation with INTO and INTO works with USF so that is why I attend. And they had other universities of course, but the reason I choose USF was mostly for the location and they only had this one in Florida.
Why do you think your INTO USF Program is a good fit for you?
I think my program is good because it lets us international students not become so stressed out in the beginning when coming to a new country with all new people, language and culture. It is definitely overwhelming so taking smaller classes is really helpful. I like how there is a lot of help and it is really interesting meeting all these people from other countries. The teachers are young but good. This program lets you accomplish what American students accomplish once they are done, but with this program it is easier for us to accomplish that same thing and get the same grades as the Americans. The first year helps us adjust to everything.
Was it easy to make friends?
Yes, it is because I feel very confident in my English already, and I have good social skills so for me it has never been a problem. But I know other international students from other countries who isolate themselves with their own kind, mostly I think it is because of their lack in speaking skills. You also have to be very open to all the new things and try new activities, reach out to people because they are interested in you.