International Student of the Week
This week, I interviewed Alex Veuthey, who is a 21-year-old member of the soccer team. He is studying here only for his senior year.
Why did you choose Wittenberg?
My home university in Switzerland, Lausanne, made it possible for me to finish my bachelor’s degree abroad. I applied to an association that has a lot of partnerships in the United States, and they found a place for me at Wittenberg. I liked the Witt website and decided to go to this university.
What did you think of how Wittenberg welcomed you upon arriving?
My arrival was very well-organized by Wittenberg. JoAnn Bennett helped me a lot through the whole process, since it was confirmed that I would study here for one year. Upon my arrival, the students from the international office were very helpful. My soccer coach and teammates were also very friendly and made me feel at ease from the beginning. We have a very good ambiance.
Have you experienced a culture shock?
The cities are really different here than in Europe. Europe is more metropolitan, with restaurants and shops situated in the center of the city. There are a lot of people that are walking around or just hanging out on a terrace.
What is your favorite thing about living at Wittenberg?
I like the experience of living on campus. In Switzerland, I lived in a flat in the middle of the city — that is normal over there. We just went to university for classes, and we went back home after that. Here, I like the fact that all the students are always on campus. You can always meet different people, and it is easier to make new friends.
And your least favorite?
Not having a car. The public transport does not exist here, so it is really difficult for me to move. I always have to ask other people to drive me, and this could get a bit annoying.
What do you miss the most?
I miss the lake in Lausanne. It is a beautiful place where the view is incredible. The mountain peaks in the background, the blue sky, blue clear water, and green trees. We often go there in the summer to swim in the lake and play music until the early hours of the morning. It is beautiful.
Do you have any trouble with the language?
I have no problem understanding the professors or readings. However, sometimes when I am with a group of American people, I don’t understand everything they say because they speak very fast and use different words. My roommate, however, who is South African, helps me understand some specific words.
Are you going to stay in the USA after your time at Witt?
I am not planning to stay in the USA next year. I will normally do my masters in Europe, either in Paris or Milano. However, I would love to get an internship or a job in a big city that would allow me to stay in the United States for a couple of years. But, maybe after this year, who knows?