INTO CSU Success Stories: Our top tips and advice

Studying abroad in a new country is anything but easy, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. International students at Colorado State University (CSU) learn this firsthand during their journey from classroom to boardroom. Meet three successful CSU alumni who have utilized what they learned and are now doing jobs that they love.

Jasir Mayat

“I work within the gaming industry. It’s a dream come true for me to be working in an industry I have been so involved in since I could hold a controller/mouse at the age of five.”

Jasir, Pakistan, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 2015, Senior Revenue Accountant for Discord, San Francisco, CA

Diego Lebrun

“I am living my American dream.”

Diego, Colombia, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 2014, Product Analyst for Zayo group, Denver, CO


“Working for my current job requires the ability to speak and write in English proficiently. Due to my company’s target market, I need to coordinate with foreign partners and clients, which means English is a prerequisite.”

Poonyawee, Thailand, Master of Management Practice 2016, Business Development Manager for Fintech Company Limited, Thailand

Just like these CSU graduates, you can be successful here, too! Here are our top tips and advice to help you succeed during and after your CSU degree:


#1 Get involved.


“My favorite part was Global Village and Parmelee Hall. I was first a Global Village student for one year and won the Student Leader of the Year award. The second year I joined Global Village as a mentor. My third year I was a resident within the Global village community to bring together people from different cultures. My fourth year (master’s year) I was leading the mentors to help integrate new freshmen into the Ram community. I’ve probably spent the most time in the library. It’s quiet, free of distractions and you are able to accomplish your objectives.” – Jasir, Pakistan


“CSU is located in the real nature, very near by the Rocky Mountains. I felt so close by the nature when going to the class, which making going to the class so relaxing. Furthermore, CSU always arranges activities with a positive atmosphere and friendly people to provide opportunities for everyone to be connected. Student will never feel lonely when in CSU.” – Poonyawee, Thailand


#2 Surround yourself with English speakers.


“The most surprising part about studying at CSU was how generous, curious, and welcoming people are. Although Colorado is homogenously white, that does not stop people from learning more about your culture, faith and country. My best part has to be the connections I’ve made not only with people from Colorado, but all across the United states and heck, even the world.” – Jasir, Pakistan


“My freshman year of college I joined the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon where I had to opportunity to make a lot of friends and surround myself with native students. My sophomore year I got the first a job on campus working as a liaison for a business group called the Global Business Network. During my last year, I worked as a finance coordinator for RamEvents where I had the opportunity to learn and share amazing experiences with people that had very different backgrounds than me.” – Diego, Colombia


#3 Talk to professors, advisors and mentors.


“CSU’s campus and faculty are the two things that have always amazed me the most. The faculty is extraordinary due to their expertise, achievements, and willingness to help students succeed. On the other hand, the campus offers all the resources to maintain a balance between academics and social life. In my opinion, CSU is the type of school that will always offer you unlimited opportunities, you just come in with the right mindset to take advantage of them. As Bob White, Assistant Director of Advising at INTO CSU said to us the first week of school, “get ready hit the ground running.” The worst part is that you will have to overcome many obstacles and learn to transform all those challenges into opportunities if you want to grow.” – Diego, Colombia


“INTO CSU taught me to plan my career path. Not only English classes have I learnt from the program, but also the future career. Professors are very caring and attentive, helping to draw and advise my plan at CSU after INTO graduation to achieve my career goal.” – Poonyawee, Thailand


#4 Seek out help when you need it.


“Your limitation is your comfort zone. You will always have your home and your culture to fall back on, so why not take the opportunity to get to know others around the world and broaden your scope but at the same time remaining true to yourself and where you’re from.” – Jasir, Pakistan


“While English is not my native language, I have had countless chances to practice and learn English during the INTO program at CSU which greatly improved my English skills in all the aspects. Those English and fundamental classes at INTO CSU took me to a higher level of English skill and helped me prepare myself for my current job. Therefore, I can perform very well in my position.” – Poonyawee, Thailand


#5 Be open and challenge yourself.


“Being around so many diverse individuals allowed me to grow and mature exponentially which really broadened my horizons. I truly believe the greatest asset we can have as human beings is our ability to relate to each other, and you are given the opportunity a thousand and one times being in INTO CSU and Global village to relate to those all around the world.” – Jasir, Pakistan


“Please understand that your parents are making a huge effort to send you here. Take advantage of all those opportunities that will only be given to you once in your life. You are the creator of your journey and it is up to you to choose who you want to be. Remember that what you put in is what you are going to get out, and if you are willing to challenge yourself in next four years you are going to thank yourself for the rest of your life, trust me.” – Diego, Colombia

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