Today, I would like to introduce you to Anthony Muleme, a Ugandan student earning a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola’s School of Education. I hope his story will inspire you to come and study at Loyola!
Where are you from and where/in what field did you complete your previous studies?
I am from Uganda a country found in East Africa. I am a professional teacher with a B.A in Primary (Elementary) Education and a diploma in Teacher Education. Currently I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction.
Why did you choose Loyola?
I chose Loyola because I was offered a scholarship by the University.
How do you see the Jesuit ideals reflected in the education that is given at Loyola and in its student life?
The Jesuit ideals are reflected in the education that is given at Loyola and in its students in many ways. In the first place, Jesuits being religious men, they provide many worshiping venues for the different denominations that exist on the campus. Secondly, their system of teaching which emphasizes the social justice is reflected in all the professors and staff members. This is also passed on to the students who engage and volunteer in different associations and clubs. Thirdly, their motto “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives” is felt through the graduating students and alumni.
What is your favorite place on campus?
There are three places that I can’t fail to mention. They are Madonna Della Strada Chapel, where I sing in the 10.30a.m Sunday Mass Choir, Cudahy Library 3rd floor and Lewis Library floor 9.
What has been your favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Besides academics, I have enjoyed visiting different cultural centers and museums. Among these I visited Mexican culture museum, African American heritage center, Indigenous Americans museum and heritage center, The Aquarium, The Astronomy center, and many others.
Why did you choose to study education?
I decided to study education because everybody would like to become more knowledgeable and no one can become more knowledgeable if there is no one to teach him/her. Another reason is that my previous teachers influenced my life so I would also like to influence my students’ lives positively.
When did you start your program and when will you graduate?
I started my program in the Fall 2010 and I will graduate this year (2012) come May.
What is your goal in life, your dream?
I would like to help fellow teachers in my country to improve upon their skills in teaching where they have to use educational technology which makes teaching easier, more beneficial and more interesting. Educational Technology has been the most interesting part of my course. With this in mind, I would like to pass this knowledge to my fellow teachers and especially those still in the colleges so that in turn they also pass it to their students this will make everybody in the system lead an extraordinary life.
What advice do you have for students who want to study at Loyola?
The advice I have for students who want to study at Loyola is that if they are looking for a place where they can maximize their potential academically and in other spheres of life, Loyola University is the right place. However, hardworking and commitment which is the culture of Loyola are the pillars that will make them turn into people who are ready to succeed and live extraordinary lives. I have experienced this in my department where all the professors are committed professionals who are ready to see you working hard and succeed.
How have you become involved with the Loyola community and met people?
Sincerely, the international student club has impacted my life. At first I only liked to attend the coffee hour to hear what they would say. When I was asked to present about Uganda I was hesitant to accept. After giving it a thought I accepted but still with some doubts. Now I tell you, after presenting, I feel I am more part of it and I do not want to miss any event for that club. Through this club, I have met many different people and I have learnt more about different countries and cultures.
What has been the most interesting thing you have learned about American culture that you didn’t know before you studied here?
Before I came to America, I was told that Americans are very busy people and nobody has time for others. This is not true. Though they are very busy people, they pay attentions to others and sacrifice their time for them. Among the good examples I have are all my professors, Ms. Tracy Ruppman, a librarian who offered me time every week in case I needed to consult her, the Jesuits I stay with, officials in the international office, and many others.
What has been the most challenging in your studying abroad experience? What did it teach you?
Using modern technology (Educational technology) and searching about different topics on my own has been the most challenging part in my studying. It has taught me to use my meta-cognitive abilities to look for possible solutions. In doing so, I have encountered many helpful people who in long run turned to be my academic friends.
What do you miss about home?
Oh, many! Mum, friends, my fellow brothers, food, weather, relatives, diverse cultures, the list is very long.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective international students?
Studying abroad is both interesting and challenging. When you are focused and you keep together with your fellow students life becomes easy and enjoyable. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, for those who would like to contact me or to share with me any other issue or those who would like to ask me more questions.
How do you say “Welcome to Loyola!” in Luganda, your native language?
Oyanirizibwa nnyo mu Loyola University!
Thank you, Anthony, for sharing your experience with us and for your contribution to Loyola’s global community!
I hope this interview gave you a better idea of what life is like at Loyola University Chicago, and that you are ready to become a Loyolan, go forth and set the world on fire!