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Student Experiences

Marjun Parcasio University of Ottawa, Canada

Marjun holding a voter registration flyer

AU Study Focus: Government and History

As a Government and History major, coming to American University in the middle of a US Presidential election year was a great fit for Marjun! During his fall semester as AU, Marjun was heavily involved with the AU College Democrats club – even having the opportunity to go canvassing in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio. The organization was a great way to meet AU students and make new friends with American students on campus. Marjun also joined the DC Students Speak club, an organization working to register DC students and encouraging them to participate in National and Local elections. In addition to taking advantage of the election buzz in the District, Marjun also interned for a U.S. Senator, a great opportunity to compare his experience in the Canadian Parliament to American politics and relate his government class work to real life. With his internship, on campus club involvement, and AU Buddy, Marjun really took advantage of his time in DC and participated in many different activities. His advice to everyone else, “Be open to trying something new, and don't be afraid to explore the city!”"

Moritz Tilgner Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany

AU Study Focus: Finance & Management

When Moritz arrived in Washington, DC, he knew he wanted to become a part of the local AU community. While talking to a fellow floor mate in his dorm, Moritz heard about the on campus Professional Business Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. Learning about the organization's description and common interest, Moritz realized this was a perfect way to prioritize his desire to join a group and meet fellow AU students. Diving into the 'American' student life experience, Moritz became the Vice-President for Professional Development in his pledge class and spent a lot of time getting to know the organization member's backgrounds, both academic and professional. As Professional Development Vice-President, Moritz helped organize an on campus panel discussion with two former World Bank Institute employees and an executive from IBM. Joining the Professional Business Fraternity was a highly enriching experience for Moritz and he encourages "every International student to join a great community like [AKPsi]." By becoming involved in a club or organization on campus that pursues your interest, students will "learn a lot about themselves and others, and most importantly make great friends!"

Tamara Raicevic University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Tamara with her volleyball team.

AU Study Focus: Applied Mathematics

When at University in Serbia, Tamara was always on the Volleyball court! During her first semester at AU, Tamara joined a team to play intermural volleyball against other AU student teams. After a semester of intermural play, she attended team trials for the official Women’s Volleyball Club at the beginning of spring semester. Playing for the AU club volleyball team was Tamara’s “best experience while studying at AU.” Playing with teams of all AU students provided a great opportunity to meet a group of new friends with a shared passion and interest in Volleyball. As the only international student in the club, Tamara showed her skill in matches across the DC region and was selected to travel with the team to the National Volleyball Club Sport Tournament in Dallas, Texas. The tournament included more than 300 teams from across the United States competing in various volleyball matches throughout the weekend. Tamara states, “The whole experience was so much fun and allowed me to get involved with American students more than any other activity.”