When Savonmony was still a high school student in Cambodia, she decided to study nursing in the United States.
However, she wasn’t sure which school to choose until an advisor suggested UTC. “As I read about UTC, I felt like I would really like the environment,” she says. “The ESL program seemed to have professional and trained professors. I looked at pictures of Chattanooga, and the environment seemed beautiful.”
Mony decided to dig deeper. “While researching, I checked for more pictures of the school and liked what I saw,” she says. “I looked at pictures of the University Center and the library and felt like this would be a good place for me.” Reading about UTC’s No. 1-ranked School of Nursing, she knew she’d found her university.
Before Mony enters the nursing program, she must improve her English. She enrolled in the ESL Institute to take language classes and a TOEFL prep course. “The TOEFL makes me feel a combination of excited and nervous,” she says, but she is determined to work hard and earn a high score.
When Mony isn’t studying, she stays involved on campus. UTC offers many opportunities for international students and their American peers. “I like going to events like International Tea Time and the Global Spotlights,” she says. “Those help me improve my knowledge and give me a chance to practice my English.”
Mony shares an apartment with two American students in the Go Global themed living community. “I like living on campus because of my American roommates,” she says. “I can improve my English by talking with them every day. I also feel happy on campus. I have everything I need. There’s a kitchen, and I can cook for myself. I can invite friends over to hang out.”
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There’s a lot to do in Chattanooga, but it’s easy to find quiet too. “I can walk peacefully around campus,” Mony says. “Even if I want to study outside, I can study peacefully without noise or disruptions.”
UTC was a great choice for Mony, and she says others should consider learning English here too. “It will help you for when you go to college because you get experience talking to many people from different countries,” she says. “You will improve your knowledge by experiencing different cultures. There are many subjects to study, so you can know your strengths and weaknesses. You get to improve yourself.”