Many of us take for granted the fact that we were able to attend school close to home, or at least, in the same country as our loved ones. A few graduate students at the Kennedy Center are not so lucky, but they consider themselves blessed in other ways. We spoke with three of our international students to learn about their motivations for coming to the center, their experience so far, and to see if they feel that leaving their parents, spouses, and in one case, children, was worth it.
Gondomono, who is from Indonesia, likes that Provo is a fairly small city because it has “much less traffic and pollution than Jakarta.” Gondomono was enticed here by Don Holsinger, director of the Kennedy Center, who offered him a scholarship when he visited the University of Indonesia, where Gondomono was studying. He related, “When offered the chance to study in the U.S., I grabbed it without thinking. I had heard a little about BYU—I knew it was large—but I had no idea what it was all about at first. I knew who Brigham Young was, but that’s about it. I had to look it up in the Fulbright Center catalogues.” With his tuition scholarship, and a research assistantship lined up with a Japanese company, Gondomono set out for Provo last fall with high expectations.