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Student Spotlights: Dahlia Ezekwonna

Curious about life as an international student? We asked your burning questions to current and former students!

Meet Dahlia!

  • Major: Global Studies
  • Home country: Nigeria/France
  • Program: Bachelor's Degree (Class of 2017)

Dahlia's advice for new CSUMB international students:

I think we are all very different but what helped me during my undergrad was to stay focused and consistent in my effort.
Dahlia Ezekwonna

What is your background? Where are you from and when did you arrive at CSUMB?

I am a Nigerian born French. I came to the United States in August 2013, from a southeastern city in France called Grenoble.

What are you studying at CSUMB, and what do you hope to gain from your degree? Do you feel that CSUMB is helping you achieve those goals?

During my time at CSUMB I was a Global Studies student with a minor in Peace Studies. I wanted to learn about a variety of topics that would develop my analytical ability, and prepare me for the field I would like to work in. I liked that my major allowed me to gain a multidisciplinary background and at the same time focus on international relations.

What is your favorite aspect of studying at CSUMB?

I loved the dedication of my professors, the flexibility of my major and the library!

What is your favorite restaurant in Monterey?

Fullmoon <3 (I really miss it!)

What have you learned about life in the U.S. that you hope to bring back to your country?

To thoroughly enjoy your life while working hard. To not take myself too seriously. I like this mentality about California.

What has been the hardest challenge of adjusting to life in the U.S.?

I had a hard time adjusting to Monterey's public transportation. I am used to having more frequent buses coming from France.

What do you miss from home?

Family and friends!

What is your favorite spot on the CSUMB campus?

I liked being at the library, haha!