Q: What’s your name and background (where are you from, age, school history, etc.)?
A: My name is Irfan Rifai. I am from Indonesia and I am 40 yrs old. I’ve gotten my Master’s in Education from Flinders University, Australia, and my Bachelor degree in English Language Teaching from IKIP Semarang/ UNNES, Indonesia.
Q: How did you find out about USINTEC/OSU?
A: I learned about OSU and USINTEC from their website, as well as their Facebook pages and my friends told me about them.
Q: What major/degree are you pursuing at OSU?
A: I am currently pursuing my PhD in Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood (RLEMC).
Q: How is your time in the States? What are some of the hardest culture shocks? What are some the best memories? How has your adjustment been?
A: I have just been here for 8 months. My period of adjustment has been made easy with the support from the university, USINTEC, and the incredible Indonesian community.
Q: Is there any advice you would give to current or future students?
A: Buckle up and get ready for an exciting academic roller coaster! Get support and find out how to get one when you first get here.
Q: How do you like working for USINTEC now?
A: I love it. Meeting and interacting with Faculty members in the non-classroom situations and helping other international students are some of the most valuable experiences I’ve had.