• 03/08/16- Aung Nyein Chan Recognized as International student of the Month

    Starkville, Miss.—Aung Nyein Chan was recently recognized as the International Institute’s Student of the Month.

    Chan, who first learned about Mississippi State through an alumni, is originally from Yangon, Myanmar. Despite attending school thousands of miles away from his native country, he has found a home at Mississippi State. With ease, he recalled the hospitality that he felt during his early days while adjusting to life in the United States.

    “My RA helped me a lot moving in,” he said, “and the college of Forest Resources is so small that I’ve gotten to know a lot of people and make friends.”

    Aung also said that although he applied to fourteen other schools, Mississippi State offered excellent scholarships. Academically, MSU has presented the wildlife major with many unique opportunities.

    “This school particularly has really good opportunities to make connections in my field,” he said. “Last summer, I was in D.C. with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.”

    His impressive resume includes work with MSU’s Limnology and Water Quality Lab and the Weed Science Lab. He even received an internship that allowed him to live in Washington, D.C. for the summer.

    Although he has excelled in his field, Aung’s move to the United States was not without unique challenges. He noted that the one biggest adjustments to life in Mississippi was learning to appreciate Southern cooking.

    “Culturally,” the senior student said, “the food was really different. I didn’t know how much fried food you could get here. I gained like twenty pounds freshman year!”

    For younger students who aspire to study at Mississippi State, Aung also said that practicing English language skills before moving could ensure a young student’s success in freshmen-level classes.

    “Make sure you have good enough English,” he said. “I had to take Public Speaking my freshman year; it was quite hard.”

    Despite the obstacles of his early days as an international student, Aung said that his decision to attend Mississippi State is one that he would make over again.

    “I am really glad I came here,” he said. “I would come back and do it all again.”

    One More Thing: 1. What’s your favorite American food? Pecan Pie

    2. What’s the last song you listened to? “Blaze of Glory” by Bon Jovi

    3. What is the one thing that you miss the most from home? My mom

    4. What’s the coolest place you’ve visited in the U.S.? Shenandoah National Park. We did a six-mile hike. It was great.

    5. What is your favorite Mississippi State tradition? That’s easy—the cowbell!