In this feature, we have 2 Valpo international students named “Ivan”, and both of them are on the prestigious Fulbright scholarship!  Below read more about Ivan from Russia and Ivan from Burkina Faso.

 

(on the left)

Name: Ivan Nichitenko

Hometown: Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Year & Major: Graduate student in final semester, International Economics & Finance

Languages: Russian & English

What shocked you upon coming to the U.S.?

  • Almost everything!  In particular…
    • How people dress, think, and talk.
    • The size of meals and cars.
    • Prices – some things are much cheaper, others are much more expensive.

What do you like best about Valpo & the U.S.?

  • For Valpo, the comfort of a small university town, the friendliness & openness of locals, and the nice restaurants.
  • For the U.S., the well-organized national parks system, lots of traveling opportunities, and diversity of natural zones & urban areas.

If you were given a flight ticket today, it would be to…

  • Miami

 

(on the right)

Name: Ivan Steven Abdel Aziz Zongo

Hometown: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Year & Major: Graduate student in first semester, International Economics & Finance

Languages: French, Moore, English, Turkish

What shocked you upon coming to the U.S.?

  • The temperature in winter! Never been in a place so cold.
  • The food: for example, “salad” means something different back home than it does here.

What do you like best about Valpo & the U.S.?

  • People are really welcoming, kind, and helpful.
  • The calmness and security of Valparaiso.

If you were given a flight ticket today, it would be to…

  • Switzerland, a peaceful and beautiful place