University in the US: Jasir's Experience
We spoke with Jasir Bayat from Pakistan about his experience of attending Colorado State University in the US.
What was your first impression at INTO CSU?
INTO CSU helped in a multitude of ways, even the first day that I got here. I remember I was at the airport, tired and exhausted, after a 45 hour long journey. Someone from INTO CSU picked me up, gave me water, snacks, and provided a lot of good conversation. I was able to ask a lot of questions. That was really my first face-to-face encounter with CSU, which really set the tone for my experience.
How did INTO CSU help you during your time in school?
They help you a lot with how different things are here. What is really important was that soft landing I had my freshman year, which really set the tone for my undergraduate program at CSU.
Why should international students study in Fort Collins?
The number one reason is the people. I’ve never met a friendlier and more accepting group of people than I have here in Fort Collins. They have this curiosity to learn more about your culture, to learn more about your religion and where you’re from.
Jasir with friends at his graduation from INTO CSU
Describe the community in Fort Collins?
Fort Collins is an amazing place, I have yet to encounter a single time where I had to encounter something I was uncomfortable with. Even with peer pressure, it’s just never been an issue. I’ve been able to be myself, I’ve been able to accomplish a lot because I’ve been able to be myself. I love that about the community of Fort Collins.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I'm going to be interning at PwC over the summer. I'm most proud of the fact that I got an internship with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). That is one of my biggest accomplishments. With it’s extremely diverse employee workforce and client base, it is a perfect fit for me. Then in the fall I am coming back to CSU as a graduate student to get my Master of Accountancy in the College of Business.
What advice would you give to other students who may be worried about culture shock?
INTO CSU provided me with a lot of resources to adjust. Some cultural shock should be expected when you first arrive, there is nothing wrong with that. One skill you need to have is to be able to adapt to change, my Dad taught me that very well.