Being an International Student at NMMI

By: Cadet Christopher Bulus

Life as an international student at NMMI is awesome. Most students in the school are internationals, with many of them being athletes. The reason is because the United States is one of the countries that encourages the combination of education and sports to contribute to the success of an individual. There are lots of benefits and opportunities for international students at NMMI and they are: getting to study at a highquality institution, choosing from a broad range of associate degree programs, enjoying the military lifestyle on campus, improving individual English skills, making friends and study partners from all over the world, and getting international experience on your resume. 

The Institute has been around for over 125 years. It is also recognized as one of the top military junior colleges in the country in terms of academics and athletics. I have had the chance to learn different leadership characters from international and local cadets. 

There are many associates degrees in arts and science available at the Institute for every student to study and acquire their two years degree. Students meet and interact with experienced and qualified teachers in a class that has a maximum of only eighteen students. 

The military lifestyle on campus is awesome because every international student in the school has to room with an American student.  This creates a learning opportunity to share each other’s different culture and helps foster the skill of learning to interact with people from different places. The Institute creates a diverse campus environment that prepares all students for a brighter future in the 21st century with suitable careers in the global economy. 

For international students, English might not be the first language they speak, and it will be very challenging for them to speak in the classrooms, at first.  But, NMMI provides English writing labs and tutors to guide the students as they learn English. 

Making friends and study partners at the Institute is very natural and important because it is the best way to excel in both academics and in life. Teachers give group assignments that will help build self-esteem within students and this is most beneficial to internationals as they are still adapting to the environment. International students attract the best of the best from all over the world. This brings in the most talented and brightest students and athletes from around the world. 

Lastly, international students get the benefit of being recognized with an international certificate.  This will help increase their chances of getting jobs and fitting into the real world. 

In summary, the benefits of being an international student at NMMI are worth it because the Institute prepares the student to be leaders of tomorrow who will consistently lead with integrity, fairness, honest, and clear communication. I am an international student from Nigeria, and I am proud to say that I have acquired a lot of knowledge from the extensive opportunities that are available here at the Institute. 

 


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