Students Abroad

Global Perspective

Bahja Sofiane

What made you want to study at a US university and CWRU in particular?

The fact that the US offers one of the finest educational systems in the world , that the american diploma is highly sought by a variety of companies and employers , and finally the fact that the system is extremely flexible and is made to fit our needs as students are three reasons that made me apply to a US university. On that basis , I was able to choose Case Western reserve University amongst thousands of universities for two other reasons : Case Western is academically challenging as it is one of the top national universities in the USA . CWRU is also a top research university where students have the opportunity to participate and collaborate with faculty and fellow students .

What do you miss most about your home country?
I certainly miss the food from back home, especially the traditional dishes that my mom and grand mother prepare for me. But whenever I have spare time , I try to cook and remind myself of Tunisian food and the deliciousness of its taste .

How has your global perspective changed now that you have studied in the US?
Looking back at this experience now that I have lived and studied in the US for a year, I can definitely say that my perspective of cultural difference in a society has changed in a positive way . I have grown more open minded and tolerant and having discovered the american culture, which used to be a foreign culture to me, has also strengthened my ability to keep learning how to accept cultural differences, and evolve as I do so ; As a matter of fact, I believe that going through situations of cultural friction and knowing how to adapt to them at a relatively young age, is immensely beneficial and contributes to the growth of one’s personnality.

What is a fun place you have visited in the Cleveland area?
The cleveand museum of art is definitely the best place I have visited in Cleveland . I love museums and I have already been to many of them in Tunisia and Europe , unlike what one might think , the Cleveland museum of art actually rises to the level of an "International" museum , with its diversified and amazing exhibitions .

What advice would you give to students arriving to study at CWRU?
If there 's a piece of advice I could give to the prospective student at CWRU , it would be to be yourself and not be afraid of being different . You should perceive your difference and originality as a source of empowerment, because it is, without a doubt, what makes you unique and interesting .