Grace Tshimoa is a sophomore Economics: Finance major originally from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Grace shows us what opportunities are available for Simpson students as they begin their Success Stories!
First thing anyone wants to know when meeting an international student studying at a small, liberal arts college in Iowa is: “Why Simpson? Why Iowa?” So I asked Grace! She has family friends in the Midwest and they recommended Simpson as a good school providing a good quality education. So she applied and joined the Simpson community in August 2012! Grace is enjoying life at Simpson, but being from a city of almost 8 million people, it takes an adjustment!
In her first semester at Simpson, Grace spent a lot of time in the offices of her professors, mainly Professor of Economics, Jim Palmieri and Chemistry professor Ron Warnet. She took advantage of office hours to ask questions of the class material and to learn more about Simpson and Iowa. She also worked with the staff in the Hawley Academic Resources Center and Writing Center getting help with essays, research and more. The available resources strongly help students succeed in their studies.
When she isn’t studying, Grace is involved with the Multicultural Students Association. She really enjoyed the Christmas Around the World event last year where international students and US American students talked about the traditions associated with Christmas in their home countries and regions. She also shared recipes with the dining staff so they could make some authentic food for the event. She’s also involved with a church in Des Moines where she has made some good friends.
As she continues her studies, Grace is looking forward to getting an internship next summer, probably in a bigger city to gain practical experience as she looks forward to the future.
When asked about her experiences so far at Simpson, Grace had this to say: Professors are there to help, they respond quickly and are always in their offices with open doors ready to welcome students.
Grace has taken advantage of the services Simpson offers and the small size of the school; we hope everyone can learn from her example. Make connections with your professors: ask them questions about course material, their research interests, internship opportunities and more-they can only serve as good references for you if they know who you are!