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"Before I came I was a bit scared, but as soon as I arrived I felt at home".
Amman Fasil Asfaw is one of the international students on this course.
Amman Fasil Asfaw is one of the international students who are in this Tecnun this semester. Amman is a fourth-year electronics engineering student from the United States. "Although my parents were born in Ethiopia, so I also know a little bit of two languages from there: Amharic and Tigrinya. Also, I am the first in my family to attend a university," he stresses.
His first days at Tecnun "were phenomenal", Amman stresses. "Before I arrived, I wasn't sure how I would get along with the people, but as soon as I arrived, I felt at home because all the students and teachers are kind, genuine, and respectful.
This student is pleased that he has already made many friends here. I think that knowing a little bit of Spanish has helped me a lot. "But, I still need to learn more Spanish to make the most of my stay" Amman considers all his professors to be approachable and experts in their areas of study, so he is sample also eager to learn more about Electronic Engineering this semester.
Back home he attends California Polytechnic State University, also known as 'Cal Poly'. "Compared to my university, meeting many differences here at Tecnun. First, Cal Poly has over 20,000 students. But, I enjoy the change to a smaller school because the professors pay more attention to us. Second, Tecnun has many more diverse cultures compared to Cal Poly. This is the main reason why I wanted to study outside the United States. Finally, I have noticed that students at Tecnun have a better work/life balance than engineers at Cal Poly. I like this because, aside from school, I think it is important to focus on one's happiness, community, and health."
Amman loves the culture here. "The pintxos, the beaches, the people... honestly, I love it all," he says. "If you have good food, beautiful beaches, and authentic people, what more do you need," he smiles. "In general, I really like Tecnun. Specifically, I like how Tecnun is focused on solving local problems that benefit the community".