Student Spotlight: Rafael Summo

Rafael SummoHello! My name is Rafael Summo and I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I had the opportunity to come here to study English and earn a degree.

I knew that moving away from home to attend college was going to be a big challenge for me. In addition to being away from my family for two years, I did not know much of the English language. I chose Indian Hills because of its small class sizes, which I knew would allow me to receive one–on–one attention to aid with the learning process as well as getting help from my instructors. The ESL courses were very helpful to me in learning the basic concepts of the English language, and I have enjoyed the many friends I've made at Indian Hills, who have also helped me to learn the language, different cultures, and lifestyles.

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Rafael Summo (right) and friendsBeing an international student is one of the most valuable opportunities that I have had so far in my life. The experience of being a Student Intern in the International Affairs Office at Indian Hills has been amazing. I have learned a lot and, as an international student, am comforted by the fact that my point–of–view has been well received. The connections I have made with other students, my instructors, and the Indian Hills staff will always hold a significant part of my educational journey. I am sure that this experience will remain in my mind forever and help me succeed in my future endeavors.

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