His father went to Temple
University in Philadelphia so Muna Ngenda decided that too would be the
university for him. “I’m from Zambia in
Southern Africa, the capital city of Lusaka and right now I am attending Temple
University in Philadelphia. It was
recommended by my dad because he is a Temple alumni and after I looked at it I
liked the ranking of the Business school, it is rather highly ranked and also
because it has a diverse international student population so it seemed like a
good choice,” he says.
“I decided to come to the United
States because of the Law degree is something I could get from here. It is very influential I would say, it is
good for my credentials and I wanted my education to be more international
because I have studied in a few other countries so I thought I would add the
United States to the list to round it off.”
Muna is twenty years old. His major is
International Business, but he also is interested in Law as well. “I initially wanted to study Law, but while
waiting to come to Law school because I planned to come to Las school in
America and in America as opposed to England, the Law program is on a second
degree,” he says. “You do the law after
you get an undergraduate degree. So I
decided to get my first official degree in Accounts[ing]. So After studying accounts a few years I
decided that I like that field as well so I am going to do Business and Law so
that is why I am studying Business as well.
“So I will be receiving a bachelors
then I will go on to get a joint a JD MBA.”
From making new friends, getting to
know the professors and participating in a few campus activities, Muna says he
is getting the total university experience.
“Things are going well, I settled in okay and started making a few
friends. It was a bit rough at first
trying to settle in and get use to the new environment and stuff, but you
manage to adapt,” he says.
“The students are okay. The faculty is really cool. There are some excellent teachers, so I really
like that. I would say the worse thing
is probably been the weather.
Otherwise, it has been a very good experience. It has been fun. It has
been new and interesting. I joined a
couple of organizations there is a student Christian organization that I am
apart of as well as the organization of African students and I play sports
every now and then. So I have had a
good time here."
Zambia, England and the Ivory Coast
in West Africa are places Muna have received education. Now, being in the United States he can share
the differences and the importance of each system. “The things that I can note, I know back home the education is
very intensive should I say that is the major difference I noticed between back
home and other countries. The teachers
would really push us a lot like during high school and primary school, during
the earlier years, I notice that the teachers really pushed us a lot whereas
when I went to England the emphasis was more on the student. If was your own decision whether to work
hard or not, whereas with African education the teachers really make you work
hard,” he says.
“There is a lot of teacher
involvement. Then in Ivory Coast, it
was a lot of the same thing. Ivory
Coast was somewhere in between the two extremes and now in the [U-S] states I
say it depends on the teachers some teachers will give you a lot of work to
make you do the work, but, with the university it depends on the student
themselves, how hard they want to work.
The lectures are always available so when you need help, when you need
some extra input its there.”
Muna says he even has set several
goals for himself that he plans to achieve.
“I like to graduate from the honors program, graduate with the highest
credentials possible, get any extracurricular activities I can in, get any
internships, job opportunities just to excel in my studies and to get my resume
updated and develop a very good profile to get the most I can from being here.
When it comes to Muna's goals,
graduating and future objectives, he says, “I should graduate in May 2011 or a
little earlier if I get some additional transfer credits and my ultimate
interest is business consulting. I
would like to help people with business ideas, start their businesses and also
pursue multi-national investments like getting international companies to
invest in Africa, but before I do that I will probably get some experience with
some large consulting firms, large business companies.