Meet Charlotte Peter, first year graduate student, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia getting a Master’s in Business Administration.

Why did you choose to study at Concordia?

I chose Concordia University because I cherished immersing myself in a Christian environment while benefiting from an excellent, cost-effective education.

What is your favorite thing about attending Concordia?

I most appreciate about my experience at Concordia is the chance to pursue my passion in my chosen field of study, and my role as a peer advisor at the international office enables me to assist and connect with fellow international students.

What is the best event you have attended on campus?

The most memorable campus event I was privilege to attend was the Hearts Together Inauguration Dinner. I was personally invited to contribute to the event by Ms. Sarah Thurmond, and it allowed me to connect with many remarkable individuals.

What is the hidden gem of Concordia that people should know about?

The true treasures of Concordia are its staff and students. Every person I’ve encounters has consistently displayed kindness and a genuine sense of care.

What has been your favorite class here at CUAA and why?

Of the two classes I’ve taken, my preferred one is “Ethical Leadership” for several reasons. The course content is engaging and thought-provoking, challenging me to think deeply about ethical decision-making and leadership principles.

What motivated you to study abroad?

I’ve always held a deep passion for the prospect of studying abroad. This aspiration fueled my dedication as I worked tirelessly on my studies and application to Concordia University. I was astounded and overwhelmed with joy when I received that acceptance letter.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

Working in the International Office is my favorite spot on campus.

Have you joined any student clubs or organizations on campus? If so which ones?

I have not joined any clubs yet.

Are there any challenges you have faced as an international student, and how have you overcome them?

The primary challenge lies in adapting to cultural differences. However, it’s not so much a struggle as it is an opportunity for personal growth. Understanding these differences has piqued my interest, inspiring me to delve deeper into the various cultures and practices that coexist here.

Are there any local customs or etiquette rules in the United States or in Michigan that you found surprising or particularly intriguing?

I had to acclimate to a change in driving habits since, in Malaysia, we drive on the left side of the road. Additionally, I needed to be particularly cautious due to the unexpected presence of deer that often appeared out of nowhere.

Do you have any advice for other international students when choosing where to go to college?

We should remain open to a variety of options when considering universities. It’s not solely about the university’s fame or reputation but also about finding a place where we feel comfortable and joyful while pursuing out studies for the next few years.

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Achieve your MBA at Concordia in under two years while working full-time. The 36-credit program, taught by industry experts, offers flexibility with core classes, concentration courses, and experiential learning. Enjoy options like STEM courses, international study abroad, and industry-related exam prep. No GMAT or GRE required, and up to eighteen graduate transfer credits are accepted for a seamless start.