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Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
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Butler Pavilion, Room 410

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Bakar, Senem S
Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
410 Butler Pavilion
Washington, DC, USA 20016-8041


from United States of America

Languages: English and Spanish

Major: Public Communications (SOC)

Minor: Spanish and Marketing

Tell us about an unexpected discovery that you made when you came to AU. 

As someone who lived in Hawaii for 5 years, I was surprised to find a Hawaii population here at AU. This made me feel like I was back in my semi-home (since I do not have a hometown to claim!) and made me feel comfortable. I learned there was a Hawaii club on campus which was not only for local Hawaiians but anyone who loves the islands or anyone who just wants to chill.

What are some differences between your academic life here and at home?

Academic life in college is not necessarily harder, it just requires more discipline and better time management. You learn how to plan your homework in between classes, clubs and free time, but it takes a little getting used to so much free time and no one telling you that you have to do your homework. Some things may be better than in high school, for example my math class here was better than high school because I had a great professor who wanted all of us to get A’s, which many of us accomplished.