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Reflections
Audrey Mabiza

Audrey Mabiza

Coming to study at Michigan State University has been one of the greatest adventures of my life. It has allowed me to meet people from all over the world, participate in various cultural and educational events, and pursue a major that catered to my interests. I do not think I would have been able to experience all these things had I been at another university.

One of the most transformative parts of my time at MSU is my interaction with people. Through my job I have engaged with people from all walks of life, and they have helped to enrich my cultural awareness. The people I have met have also allowed me to share my culture with them.

During my time at MSU, one of the things I have valued the most is the quality of the education I have received. I have managed to tie my interests in environmental engineering and chemical engineering together to get the degree that is suited to my career goals. I have found that the professors were invested in my academic success, which helped me to always work hard to attain good grades. Being a member of the Honors College also helped me to stay motivated, and it taught me to always have a mind that thirsts for knowledge. An academic adventure that will stick with me after my college career has ended is my study abroad trip to the United Kingdom. On this trip I learned about European culture by immersing myself in it.

I also attribute my academic success to being involved on campus. For the past three years, I have worked as an intercultural aide in the residence halls. As an intercultural aide, my job is to help students transition into MSU culturally, academically, and socially. Not only has the job allowed me to help others, but it has also helped me grow as an individual. Being an intercultural aide has allowed me to experience different cultures in a way that I had never thought possible. I have attended various presentations, which have helped to demystify different cultures. If I had never had the intercultural aide experience, I do not think that I would have been able to transform into the individual I am today.

Without this transformation I experienced at MSU, I do not think I would have had the courage to apply to be part of the INSIDE OUT President’s Report. Participating in this project has been an experience that I will cherish for years to come. I think this was my opportunity to showcase my life at MSU and what I have been able to accomplish. I was also proud to fly my country’s flag high when I had the pleasure of hosting some of the producers of the documentary in my country. My favorite part of the documentary was talking to the individuals who were filming me and allowing them to be part of my life. Being part of the project made me realize that MSU does invest in its students, and it is a school that takes pride in all its Spartans.

Looking at all the events I have participated in, the people I have met, and the knowledge I have gained, I think that my college experience will make a world of difference to me in the real world. I have developed a strong sense of investing in people through getting to know their stories and also to see the world through their eyes. Engineering as a profession will require me to work with people of different backgrounds, and I believe my passion for people will definitely help me excel in my career.

I hope that I have made a difference in the lives of the people I have encountered here. Being at MSU has taught me to dream big, and as I dream, I hope that one day my reality will be me giving back to my country, Zimbabwe.