Cecilia Njeri Ndura '13
- Kitale, Kenya
- Class of 2013
- Program of study: Secondary Education - English
- International Students Club
- United Colors
- Graduate Assistant at the Education Department
Why did you decide to study in the United States of America?
I primarily decided to come to the U.S. because of its renowned superior educational system compared to most of the world.
Why did you choose The University of Scranton?
Jesuits are known for their love for quality education, therefore I decided to come to The University of Scranton in order to learn from the best. I was also attracted to the University’s motto of “Mores” (i.e. developing morals) because I not only wanted to be educated but also to be a person of high integrity and moral values after I graduate.
What was it like coming from your country to Scranton?
In one word: exhilarating. I couldn’t wait to get here and see another part of the world.
What was your biggest surprise about U.S. life and education?
I was surprised by the way teachers encourage critical thinking in the classroom. I think it is a good thing because I got to develop my thinking skills, and I am now able to come up with wonderful ideas. One major difference with Kenya is that U.S. life is really fast-paced.
What do you like best about Scranton?
The campus scenery is simply breathtaking, the buildings are modern, and the equipment is high-tech. I am simply proud to be a Scranton student!
What have your relationships with professors been like?
I commend the professors in the Education department. They have gone out of their way to help me receive a quality education. In addition to their high qualifications, they are also very understanding and are willing to work with students one-on-one if need be. I will be sad to leave them after I graduate.
In general, how has your academic experience been at Scranton?
Wonderful! My professors were willing to work with me as I transitioned to the U.S. system of education. This helped me achieve and maintain good grades.
Describe your involvement on campus and how it has helped your personal development (social, leadership, spiritual, etc.).
The International Club organizes many activities which have helped me meet new people and in the process develop my social skills. For instance, I was able to visit New York with fellow international students. My graduate assistantship, on the other hand, has helped me develop my leadership and teaching skills because I have been given the opportunity to teach undergraduate students.
What do you do for fun?
I love to bike around the city and at Nay Aug Park, which is only a few blocks from my house. I also like hanging out with friends and skiing during the winter.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
I love the Dionne Campus Green. It is the perfect spot for relaxation.
How has the Jesuit philosophy of “men and women for others” shaped your Scranton experience?
Through participating in community service activities, I have learned not only to look out for my comfort, but also for that of others around me.
What are your career goals?
I hope to earn a doctorate degree after graduating from Scranton and then work with an organization that focuses on providing education for those in need.
What is your advice to other students who are considering Scranton?
Go for it! Scranton rocks!