Divine Ayeizoukumo Moses
Marist International Student Profile
Year: Junior, Class of 2017
Hometown: Delta State, Nigeria
Major: Business Administration-International Business
Why did you choose Marist College?
I chose Marist because it has a small and enclosed campus. I wanted a school where my voice would be heard, a school where I could meet beautiful and inspiring people. I wanted to go to a school that promoted diversity and accepted people from different parts of the world. I also wanted a school I could call home.
What is your favorite class? Why?
I find it very difficult to choose a favorite class because all the classes I have had here at Marist have hugely contributed to my academic success. I was terrified of my philosophy and financial management classes. I was scared of philosophy because of the stories I heard about it. I was told that my religious views about the existence of God would change since I am a Christian, and that I would find myself in a confusing state all the time. But on the contrary, the professor was so amazing. He taught us what we needed to know, and he never interfered with people’s beliefs. I learned a lot from that class.
For my financial management class, I heard similar stories that finance was boring and I was going to get confused with numbers, but it did not turn out that way. After the first day of class, I was so interested in finance. I ended up calling the professor Dad in class, because he was so inspiring. At the end of each class, he gave us inspirational quotes from great men, which I found motivating. He taught his students professionally and warmly, like a father helping out his children with homework.
What is the best part of living on campus?
The best part about living on campus is that you can participate in a lot of school activities, and you can study with friends whenever. Also, campus is really safe.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
I have three favorite places on campus. The first is the practice rooms in the music building. Each practice room has a grand piano. I am always singing, so the practice rooms are the best place for me because I do not have to disturb my housemates! My second favorite place on campus is the computer lab in Donnelly. The lab is always open 24 hours a day, 365 day a year. The library is too calm for me- I study better outside the library, so the computer lab is perfect for me. My third favorite place is the river front. During the summer, I go by the Hudson River sometimes to sing, read, meditate, or plan. I find the river inspiring, because water is one part of nature I love.
How do you connect with friends and family at home while at Marist?
I connect with family and friends at home via social media. There is Wi-Fi on campus, with great connection. I sometimes use Facebook, WhatsApp, Imo, and Skype.
What kind(s) of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am involved in the Marist College Gospel Choir, Marist College Singers, Black Student Union, and the Psychology Club
Tell us about a “cultural” moment you had at Marist (culture shock, funny story, etc.).
One evening during my first semester on campus, my friends and I went to get a pack of bottled water from the grocery store nearby. Returning from the store I placed the water on my head, because I was tired of holding it with my hands. I was walking to my dorm but my hands were not supporting the water. It is normal to place things on your head while walking without it falling even though your hands were not supporting them. I had students taking pictures of me like I was doing some kind of magic. To the American students it was fascinating and interesting, but to me it was funny, I couldn’t help it. My friends and I were just laughing.
What do you do for fun outside of Marist?
I usually go roller skating or ice staking. Sometimes I go to New York City or take road trips with friends.